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    Nicolas Louis de La Caille; Joseph Boscovitch. Lectiones Elementares Opticae...; .... Mathematicae,... Vienna: 1757 and 1758.

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    Nicolas Louis de La Caille and Joseph Boscovitch. Lectiones Elementares Opticae...Quibus Auctarii Loco Accessit Brevis Theoria Micrometri Objectivi R. P. Rogerio Josepho Boscovitch. [bound after:] Lectiones Elementares Mathematicae, Seu Elementa Algebrae, Et Geometriae... Vienna: Johann Thomas Trattner, 1757 and 1758.

    First Latin Editions. Mathematicae is the first Latin edition translated from the second French edition published at Paris in 1756. Added to this book is Boscovitch's "Brevis theoria micrometri objectivi," first published in this Latin edition of De La Caille's work. Two works in one volume. Quarto. Mathematicae: p4, A-2D4. Opticae: p4, A-T4. [8], 150, [2]; [8], 215, [2] pages. Opticae has nineteen folding plates. Contemporary half vellum over papered boards, rubbed, foxing and light browning, a few stains, uncut copy with wide margins of varying width, rear hinge cracked, else very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    "Abbé Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille (March 15, 1713 - March 21, 1762) was a French astronomer... After he had taken deacon's orders, however, he concentrated on science, and, through the patronage of Jacques Cassini, obtained employment, first in surveying the coast from Nantes to Bayonne, then, in 1739, in re-measuring the French arc of the meridian, for which he is honored with a pyramid at Juvisy-sur-Orge. The success of this difficult operation, which occupied two years, and achieved the correction of the anomalous result published by J. Cassini in 1718, was mainly due to Lacaille's industry and skill. He was rewarded by admission to the Academy and the appointment of mathematical professor in Mazarin College, where he worked in a small observatory fitted for his use. His desire to observe the southern heavens led him to propose, in 1750, an astronomical expedition to the Cape of Good Hope, which was officially sanctioned. Among its results were determinations of the lunar and of the solar parallax (Mars serving as an intermediary), the first measurement of a South African arc of the meridian, and the observation of 10,000 southern stars. On his return to Paris in 1754 Lacaille was distressed to find himself an object of public attention; he withdrew to Mazarin College, and there died of an attack of gout aggravated by over-work. Lalande said of him that, during a comparatively short life, he had made more observations and calculations than all the astronomers of his time put together. The quality of his work rivalled its quantity, while the disinterestedness and rectitude of his moral character earned him universal respect" -E. B. Eleventh.

    Opticae: Seemann, Tratteriana 552. Gise 312. DSB VII, 542. Poggendorf I, 337. Wellcome III, 424. De Backer-Sommervogel I, 1840. Mathematicae: Seemann, 631.  



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