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Grillet, René
CURIOSITEZ MATHÉMATIQUES DE L'INVENTION. PARIS: JEAN BAPTISTE COIGNARD ET L'AUTEUR, 1673
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
241
Grillet, René
CURIOSITEZ MATHÉMATIQUES DE L'INVENTION. PARIS: JEAN BAPTISTE COIGNARD ET L'AUTEUR, 1673
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Grillet, René
CURIOSITEZ MATHÉMATIQUES DE L'INVENTION. PARIS: JEAN BAPTISTE COIGNARD ET L'AUTEUR, 1673
FIRST EDITION, 4to (238 x 160mm.), 5 engraved illustrations, 2 full-page, old writing on blank page 52, later vellum-backed marbled wrappers, title slightly soiled, occasional slight soiling elsewhere
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Provenance

bought from Roger Gaskell, Warboys, 1994, Catalogue 9, item 20, £8,500

Literature

Tomash & Williams G85; Maire, Pascal, i, p.65

Catalogue Note

The majority of this work by Grillet, a clockmaker to Louis XIV, is taken up by a description of his "Nouvelle machine d'arithmetique" (pp.1-48).

The work seems to be very rare, with no copies recorded at auction, perhaps due to the fact that the Intendant of Police in Paris seized the book - probably for privilege infringement, because in the book Grillet also describes a barometer, for which he borrowed the construction of another Parisian instrument-maker, Hubin, without crediting him (see http://history-computer.com/).

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