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    A Handsome Set of Laplace's Work on
    Celestial Mechanics - a PMM Title

    Pierre-Simon, Marquis de Laplace. Traite de Mecanique Celeste. Paris: Crapelet (Chez J. B. M. Duprat, volumes I-III); Coucier (volume IV), 1799-1805. First editions, second 'European' issues of volumes I and II with Berlin imprint added. Four quarto volumes. Approximately 10.25 x 8 inches. a-d4, A-2Z4; [2], A-3B4; a-c4, A-2P4, [ยน1], A-C4; a-c4, A-2X4, A-I4, A-K4. xxxii, 368; [2], 382; xxiv, 303, [3], 24; xl, 347, [3], [2], 78, [2]pages. Folding engraved plate in volume IV. Uniformly bound in modern quarter calf over brown cloth, spines gilt, red morocco titling pieces, marbled edges. With library stamps and bookplates of Johannesburg Library [with withdrawn stamps]. Overall, clean large volumes. This copy has the single supplement at the end of volume III and two at the end of volume IV (complete as per the Norman description). A fifth volume was published in 1825, not present here, "comprising a series of addenda to the first four volumes". A Printing and the Mind of Man title. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Laplace has been called the 'Newton of France'. In his monumental 'Treatise on Celestial Mechanics', published over a period of twenty-seven years, he codified and developed the theories and achievements of his predecessors... Laplace maintained that while all planets revolve round the sun their eccentricities and the inclinations of their orbits to each other will always remain small. He also showed that all these irregularities in movements and positions in the heavens were self-correcting, so that the whole solar system appeared to be mechanically stable. He showed that the universe was really a great self-regulating machine and the whole solar system could continue on its existing plan for an immense period of time. This was a long step forward from the Newtonian uncertainties in this respect... Laplace also offered a brilliant explanation of the secular inequalities of the mean motion of the moon about the earth -- a problem which Euler and Lagrange had failed to solve... He also investigated the theory of the tides and calculated from them the mass of the moon." "[PMM]

    "Laplace's masterpiece. the Mecanique celeste presents a detailed application of the Newtonian law of gravitation to the entire solar system...Laplace demonstrated that the various forces active in the solar system could be maintained in equilibrium, that the irregularities are self-correcting and that the entire system is mechanically stable." [Trent]

    This copy has the single supplement at the end of volume 3 and two at the end of volume 4 (complete as per the Norman description). A fifth volume was published in 1825, which is not present here, "comprising a series of addenda to the first four volumes". Printing and the Mind of Man 252. Biblioteca Mechanica 197. Grolier/Horblitt 63. Norman 1277. Dibner 14. Honeyman 1920. Sparrow 125. Sotheran I,2434. Waller 12072.



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