Finely engraved frontis. port. of the author in Vol. I., one folding engraved map, and numerous engraved or woodcut illus. in the text including vortices & anatomical depictions. Titles printed in red & black. 20 p.l., 480,  pp.; 7 p.l., 648,  pp., one leaf of errata; 8 p.l., 544,  pp., one leaf of errata. Three vols. Large 4to, cont. red morocco, panelled in gilt with gilt fleurons in each corner, with the arms of Chancellor Louis Boucherat (1616-1699), stamped in gilt in the center of each cover, spines richly gilt, a.e.g. Paris: d’Anisson, Posuel, & Rigaud, 1690.
First edition and a fine set bound in contemporary red morocco with the arms of Louis Boucherat (1616-99), Chancellor of France from 1685-99, succeeding Le Tellier and serving under Louis XIV.
Régis (1632--1707), was one of the principal expositors of Cartesian natural philosophy and this is his most important book on the subject. After finishing his classical studies in La Salvetat de Blanquefort, near Agen, Régis came to Paris, and studied under Rohault at the Sorbonne. Régis became a warm admirer and partisan of the philosophy of Descartes. He was then sent by Rohault to spread the doctrine, teaching with great success the principles of Cartesianism at Toulouse (1665), Aigues-Mortes, Montpellier (1671), and in Nicolas Lemery’s laboratory in Paris (1680). He was elected a member of the Academy of Sciences in 1699.
The present work presents the principles of Cartesian philosophy in a systematic way.
Fine and handsome set. Bookplate of l’Abbé J.A. Gérard.
❧ Boucherat: Guigard, II, pp. 73-74.
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