Lettres a une Princesse d'Allemagne

Euler (Leonhard)

Lettres a une Princesse d'Allemagne

sur divers sujets de physique & de philosophie. Tome premier [-troisieme]

Description: FURST EDITION, 3 vols., woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, woodcut diagrams, 12 woodcut plates (11 folding), some leaves in vol. iii lightly browned, small hole in final leaf of volume 3 affecting one letter, a few fore-edges dust-stained or a tiny bit ragged, pp. XII, 314; [XVI, last leaf blank], 340; [XVI, last page being directions to the binder, in French, German, and Russian), 404, 8vo, uncut and unopened later (?pre-Revolutionary) Russian navy buckram, spines lettered in gilt, including initials P.L. (in Cyrillic) at foot, vestiges of the original wrappers at the ends of all vols., a little rubbed, very good, small, red, and rather indeterminate, stamp on the verso of the title-pages with the attributes of Athena

Publication Details: St. Petersburg: l'Imprimerie de l'Academie Imperiale des Sciences, 1768-72

Notes: A very fresh copy of this famous and important, 'absorbing and popular' (DSB) work. It would seem to have been rebound as an act of piety, still being unopened. These letters to the Princess of Anhalt-Dessau, to whom Euler had given physics lessons (while he was at the Académie royale de Berlin, but not published until after his return to St Petersburg) were enormously successful and 'profoundly influenced contemporary philosophy' (PMM 196, note). In the course of them, Euler attacks Leibniz's monadology...more

Bibliography: ( Enestrom 343 344 & 417; see PMM 196)

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Price: £9,500

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1768-72

Stock Number: 63101

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