LAPLACE, PIERRE SIMON DE. 1749-1827.
Traité de mécanique céleste. Paris: J.B.M. Duprat / Courcier, "An VII" -1805.
4 volumes (only, of 5). 4to (250 x 198 mm). xxxii, 368; , 382; xxiv, 303, [1 errata], , 24; xl, 347, [1 errata], , 65, , 78, . Half-titles. Folding engraved plate. Period half calf. Ex-library with markings to spine and first text leaves, blindstamps to title, joints crudely repaired, contents fresh.
Provenance: Davies Gilbert (armorial bookplate); Trelissick Library (shelf labels); Montana State College (withdrawal stamps).
FIRST EDITION OF A FUNDAMENTAL WORK ON CELESTIAL MECHANICS. Laplace "applied his analytical mathematical theories to celestial bodies and concluded that the apparent changes in the motion of planets and their satellites are changes of long periods, and that the solar system is in all probability very stable" (Dibner 14). A fifth volume was published in 1825 and focuses on physics (as does the end of the 4th volume). Norman 1277; PMM 252.