Auction 142, Lot 785

"Le Spectacle de la Nature, ou Entretiens sur les Particularites de L'Histoire Naturelle, Troisieme Partie.",

Subject: Miscellaneous Books

Period: 1755 (published)


Color: Black & White

4 x 6.5 inches
10.2 x 16.5 cm

This book by French author Noel Antoine Pluche, a priest, has 621 pp. of French text dedicated to natural history. This is the 4th volume (of nine), which is focused on astronomy and geography. Included with the text are a number of engravings showing various scientific tools and processes. There are a total of nine maps within the book including a map of the world, two celestial maps (on four sheets) by Jean Back, and four maps of covering portions of Europe, Asia and Africa. Full calf with raised spine and gilt title.


Condition: B+

Text and maps are mostly clean and tight with light offsetting. There is a stamp from the "Ecole d'Horlogerie Musee" on the world map, title page and one text page. There is some minor wear on the covers and the edges are bumped, but overall in very good condition for its age.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/28/2012