Catalogue de la Bibliothèque Scientifique, Historique et Littéraire de feu M. Michel Chasles (de l’Institut) dont la vente aux enchères publiques aura lieu du 27 Juin au 18 Juillet 1881. M. AUCTION CATALOGUE: CHASLES.

Catalogue de la Bibliothèque Scientifique, Historique et Littéraire de feu M. Michel Chasles (de l’Institut) dont la vente aux enchères publiques aura lieu du 27 Juin au 18 Juillet 1881.

vii, 390, [1] pp.; [393]-45, [1] pp. Two vols. in one. 8vo, attractive pebbled green cloth-backed marbled boards. Paris: A. Claudin, 1881.

This sale catalogue, complete with the rare Supplement (sale 18-19 July 1881) containing 4194 lots, describes the important collection of books and MSS. formed by Michel Chasles (1792-1880), one of the most prominent mathematicians of the 19th century. The majority of his collection consists of scientific books and we still see books from his large library on the market.

Chasles, who was also a noted historian of science, did much original work in synthetic geometry. He fell victim to Denis Vrain-Lucas, a very clever forger who sold him many MSS. in the “hand” of various prominent scientists. The forger was brought to trial in 1869 and the forged MSS. are not present in this catalogue.

Fine fresh copy. This is the first time I have had a copy with the Supplement.

❧ D.S.B., III, pp. 212-15. Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 123.

Price: $450.00

Item ID: 5817