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Dutens, Louis. Recherches sur l'origine des découvertes attribuées aux modernes ... Paris: Chez la veuve Duchesne, 1766. 8vo (18.7 cm, 7.36"). xlviii, 228, , 257 (i.e., 259),  pp. $600.00
First edition: Arguments in favor of classical origins for an impressive array of "modern" inventions and philosophies. Among the modern figures are Descartes, Locke, Leibnitz, and Newton specifically, discussed along with current general thoughts on physics and astronomy, developments in surgery and in the study of anatomy, mathematical discoveries including algebraic concepts, and contemporary ideas of the soul and the divine — all of which Dutens claims were derived directly from ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians.
The work's two volumes are here bound as one, with each half-title present; the main text is in French, with many footnotes in Latin or Greek. The author (1730–1812) was a French-born tutor and chargé d'affaires who spent much of his life either in England or travelling the Continent, generally in the service of various well-to-do people of rank.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of G.W. Fowler. Later in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Barbier, IV, 29; Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 130; Brunet, II, 922; Wallis, Newton and Newtoniana, 382.55. Contemporary quarter mottled sheep and interestingly marbled paper–covered sides (paper in shades of rose, grey, and brown, with pattern resembling camouflage), spine with gilt-stamped leather label; binding rubbed and worn overall, with tiny spots of insect damage. Bookplate as above, front free endpaper with early inked initials in upper margin, vol. I half-title with early inked authorship attribution. Light foxing, only. => A solid copy of this interesting look at 18th-century thought on the history of science. (40425) Please RESHELVE This.
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