GAUTIER D'AGOTY (JACQUES) Observations sur l'histoire naturelle, sur la physique et sur la peinture, avec des planches imprimées en couleur, parts 1-18 in 6 vol.(complete), 1752-55
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GAUTIER D'AGOTY (JACQUES)
Observations sur l'histoire naturelle, sur la physique et sur la peinture, avec des planches imprimées en couleur, parts 1-18 in 6 vol. (complete), first edition, Paris, Delaguette, 1752-1755
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GAUTIER D'AGOTY (JACQUES)
Observations sur l'histoire naturelle, sur la physique et sur la peinture, avec des planches imprimées en couleur, parts 1-18 in 6 vol. (complete), first edition, 6 parts titles printed in red and black, 65 engraved plates (57 colour-printed, 13 folding, several misbound), light dampstaining to lower fore-margin of a few leaves in volumes 1, 3 and 5 (touching one plate), ownership inscription of "Alexdr. Geddes, Panmure House, Canongate" in 5 volumes, contemporary calf, spine gilt within raised bands [Choulant-Frank, p. 273; Cohen-de Ricci 427; Franklin, Early Colour Printing pp. 50-51; Nissen ZBI 1487, calling for 65 plates; Wellcome 13300575], 4to, Paris, Delaguette, 1752-1755

Footnotes

  • VERY RARE COMPLETE SET of a journal devoted to science and art, and the first periodical to be illustrated with plates printed in colours.

    The colour-printed mezzotints include some of Gautier's most striking images, including several anatomical studies (three of a hermaphrodite), a foetus in a glass with another beside the glass, a sloth (with and without skin), a double-page plate demonstrating Gautier's colour theory and the spectrum (relating to an article in which the author argues against Isaac Newton's theory of colour), an American bear cub, a map of Canada, magnified specimens, sun spots, a lion and its anatomy, birds of prey (5), and a Parisian bat.

    ABPC records the sale of only three copies in the past thirty years, none of which had more than 12 parts.

    Provenance: Alexander Geddes, with inscription "Alexdr. Geddes, Panmure House, Canongate, [Edinburgh]" on the front free endpapers of volumes 2-6. Adam Smith lived at Panmure House from 1778 until 1790, and volume 87 of The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany records the death of Mrs Margaret Geddes there in 1821; and thence by descent.

Saleroom notices

  • This is the complete set published by Jacques Gautier. There was a second series published by Jacques son Jean-Christophe, under the title "Observations periodiques... Beaux Arts" (1756-7).
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