Elémens de gémetrie, oÙ par une methode courte & aisée l'on peut apprendre ce qui'il faut sçavoir d'Euclide, d'Archimede, d'Apollonius. Paris, Sebastien-Marbre Cramoisy. [With]: Discours de la connoissance des bestes . . . second édition. Paris, 1678. [And]: La statique ou la science des forces mouvantes . . . troisiéme édition. Paris, 1688. [And]: Deux machines propres à faire les quadrans avec très-grand facilité . . . troisiéme édition. Paris, 1687.

PARDIES Ignace Gaston


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Folding engraved scientific and mathematical plates, numerous text illustrations.4 works in one. 12mo. Contemporary calf, gilt back (a little worn).

Four scientific works by the Jesuit Pardies (1636-1673), who also made significant cotributions as a scientist; he was an important figure in the history of physics for his intervention in the debate on the ideas of Newton and Huygens, with both of whom he had personal contact, at certain decisive moments. He had decided to become a Jesuit in 1652 and studied logic and physics at Toulouse as part of the philosophical phase of the curriculum. He continued to conduct scientific research while teaching, without neglecting his clerical duties, but was nevertheless distrusted by the authorities because he was known "to pursue strange opinions avidly".

Pardies output was not vast, and the works found in this volume represent a major part of his scientific contribution.I. Pardies' most popular work, notable for its elegant and lucid descriptions, used as a standard text book of geometry well into the 18th century. Fourth edition. II. The work which caused most uproar when first published in 1662; after presenting all the Cartesian arguments to demonstrate that animals are pure machines, these are refuted so feebly that he was regarded as an apostate (see Michaud). Second edition. III. Containing Pardies critical study of Descartes' letter to Beeckman on the speed of light and his demonstration of autochronism of the cycloidal pendulum. Third edition. (see Bib. Mechanica, p. 245). IV. Second edition. Discussion of optical devices, with a further description of an instrument to trace all kinds of dials, first considered in the Horologium Thaumanticum, in 1662. Third edition.

Armorial bookplate of James Johnstone, laird of Galabank (1730-1802), noted physician who included among his patients Sarah Siddons, Samuel Richardson, Lord Chesterfield and Lord Hertford. In excellent condition.DSB X, pp. 314-315.

Stock Code: 45309

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