14 June 2006
HAÜY, Rene Just (1743-1822). Essai d'une théorie sur la structure des crystaux appliquée a plusiers genres de substances crystallisées. Paris: Gogué & Née de la Rochelle, 1784.
8o (215 x 140 mm). Half-title. 8 folding engraved plates by Sellier after Fossier. Original wrappers, uncut.
FIRST EDITION of the work that laid the foundation for the mathematical theory of crystal structure. Often thought of as the founder of crystallography, Haüy proposed the idea of the crystal molecule and recognized that, based on the discontinuity principle, there are limited varieties of a crystal species. Dibner 92; Norman 1021-1022.
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