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CASTEL, Louis-Bertrand || [NEWTON - DESCARTES}. Le vrai système de physique générale de M. Isaac Newton exposé et analysé en parallèle avec celui de Descartes. 

Paris, Claude-François Simon, 1743.

4to (253x187 mm), (4)-520 pages and 3 folding plates.  binding : Contemporary full calf, spine gilt in six compartments, red edges, marbled endpapers. Binding rubbed, caps and corners worn. Waterstains. Margins of plate 2 chipped. 

First edition.

references: Babson [45 : "Castel was a jesuit, living first at Toulouse and later in Paris. He was a member of the Royal Society and wrote a number of books, all dealing with mathematics and physics. In an earlier work on "L'optique des couleurs", Castel rejected Newton's theory of colors and established one of his own which in some respects resembled Goethe's. Although he had a high regard for Newton, in this book he refutes his system in great detail in favor of that of Descartes, his compatriot"].

Price : 950 €

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