Cantibrigiæ: Excudebat J. Field, impensis Edwardi Story, 1655. Second edition of these two works bound together for students. The first was published in London in 1654. Both are rare, with ESTC citing four copies of the first edition and five copies of the second in North America. Contemporary calf ruled and stamped decoratively in blind. Edges speckled red. Bound without the front and rear pastedowns. Binding extremities lightly rubbed and worn and a small repair to the spine. Margins slightly shaved with no loss of text. Slight foxing, dampstaining, a few small marginal tears, and light worming. L4 to Q12 has minor worming in the gutter margin, at times touching text, but with no loss of legibility. Gathering C is partially loose. Former owner's ink annotation on front free endpaper, dated 1668 and labeled "Cambr." Additional pencil marking and a 1.5" tear on front free endpaper. Contemporary ink annotation on title-page. Modern bookplate on inner front board. A very good copy overall. [With:] Du Hamel, [Jean-Baptiste]. Elementa Astronomica...Ad illustriss. virum. D.D. Claudium Bazin... Cantabridgiæ: Excudebat J. Field, impensis Edwardi Story, apud quem prostant venales, 1665. Long twelvemo. , 302; 72 pp. Engraved borders, initial letters, and numerous diagrams. A few leaves mispaginated. Item #16266
Georges Fournier (1595-1652) was a French Jesuit priest, geographer, mathematician, and teacher of René Descartes. He published the treaty Hydrographie, in which he tried to provide a scientific foundation for the design of ships. Jean-Baptiste du Hamel (1624-1706) was a French cleric, natural philosopher, and the first secretary of the Academie Royale des Sciences. Among his publications are: Les Sphériques de Théodose (1642), Astronomia physica (1659), and De mente humana (1672).