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First edition, posthumously published, of Bernoulli's fundamental treatise on the principles of the calculus of probabilities. The first part is a perceptive commentary on Huygens's De ratiociniis in aleae ludo, the second part deals with the theory of combinations, the third part gives concrete examples on the expectation of profit in games, the fourth part contains philosophical thoughts on probability. The final section, written in French, explains the various strategies in real tennis, jeu de paume, and the probabilities of winning in different situations. Bernoulli discusses players of uneven strength, games of two versus one, and other permutations of the game. Association copy, from the library of Jean-Antoine Gautier, philosophy professor and rector of the Academy of Geneva (1717-1721).