23 folding engraved plates. 3 p.l., xviii, 545,  pp.; 4 p.l., 515,  pp. Two vols. Thick 8vo, orig. mottled calf (a few minor defects), triple gilt fillet round sides, flat spines richly gilt, green morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1786-87.
First edition of one of the classic works in hydrodynamics and hydraulics. The second volume is particularly interesting as it describes numerous hydraulic experiments. The handsome plates illustrate many hydraulic machines including two devices which produce steam.
Bossut (1730-1814), assumed the chair of hydrodynamics established by Turgot at the Louvre. He was a major contributor to European scientific education and his texts represent the emergence of a standardized, rigorous system of engineering physics textbooks.
A very fine and attractive set in remarkable original state.
❧ D.S.B., II, pp. 334-35. Rouse & Ince, History of Hydraulics, pp. 126-27.
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