22 - 23 March 2005
ROCHEBRUNE, De -- Catalogue des livres de feu M. de Rochebrune. Paris: Musier, Fils, 1774.
8o (201 x 128 mm). Contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, edges stained red (somewhat worn, lacking spine label, joints cracked). Provenance: A.L. McLaughlin (bookplate).
PRICED in a contemporary hand. The sale catalogue of the library of Rochebrune, Commissaire au Châtelet in Paris. Rochebrune's collection was rich in polical economy, history, and belles-lettres. Blogie II, col. 12; North 226.
LA CONDAMINE, Charles-Marie De (1701-1774) -- Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque de feu Monsieur de La Condamine. Paris: Dubois Père & Fils, 16 May 1774.
Mostly PRICED in a contemporary hand. La Condamine was one of three principal scientists who explored the equator of South America. For ten years he measured one of the arcs of the meridian, and helped to prove Newton's theory of the shape of the Earth. His collection reflects his interests in travel and natural history. Not in Blogie.
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