ALENCÉ (Joachim d’), Traittez des barométres, thermométres, et notiométres, ou hygrométres, Amsterdam, Henry Wetstein, 1688.
12vo of (12) [including the fontispiece], 139, (5) pages and 35 plates ; contemporary calf with some external and supercifial defects (see pictures).
First edition, a little bit rare, of the first book only and entirely dedicated to barometers and thermometers and richly illustrated with 35 plates.
“The earliest account dealing exclusively with the subject, and especially valuable as the first work laying down rules for the graduation of the thermometer.” (Sotheran No. 929, note).
“His detailed description of the principal meteorological instruments of the period is enriched with several new ideas, such as the calibration of the thermometric scale on the basis of two points of change of state: the point at which water freezes and – a much more contestable point – that at which butter melts.” (DSB)
Despite a tear, without lack, at the page 129, very good copy.
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