Recherches sur la Précession des Equinoxes, et sur la Nutation de l’Axe de la Terre, dans le Systême Newtonien. Jean Le Rond d’ ALEMBERT.
Recherches sur la Précession des Equinoxes, et sur la Nutation de l’Axe de la Terre, dans le Systême Newtonien.

“A Masterly Work”

Recherches sur la Précession des Equinoxes, et sur la Nutation de l’Axe de la Terre, dans le Systême Newtonien.

Four folding engraved plates. xxxviii, [2], 184 pp. 4to, cont. mottled calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: David l’aîné, 1749.

First edition of one of Alembert’s most important books. “During the late 1740’s, d’Alembert, Clairaut, and Euler were all working on the famous three-body problem, with varying success. D’Alembert’s interest in celestial mechanics thus led him, in 1749, to publish a masterly work, the Recherches sur la Précession des Equinoxes…The precession of the equinoxes, a problem previously attacked by Clairaut, was very difficult. D’Alembert’s method was similar to Clairaut’s but he employed more terms in his integration of the equation of motion and arrived at a solution more in accord with the observed motion of the earth. He was rightly proud of his book.”–D.S.B., I, p. 113.

A very fine copy and scarce on the market. From the library of Marchese Giulio Stanga Carlo Trecco (d. 1832), amateur mathematician and physicist who formed a large collection of scientific instruments, with his shelfmark label at head of spine.

❧ Babson 36.

Price: $6,500.00

Item ID: 6379

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