London: Printed for John Awnsham and John Churchil, 1699. First and only English edition. François Bernier translated an abridgment of the philosophical writings of his friend Pierre Gassendi (1592-1655) from Latin into French. The first edition of Bernier’s translations was published under the title Abregé de la Philosophie de Gassendi (Paris: J. Langlois, 1674) followed by Abregé de la Philosophie. Second Partie…, which focused on astronomy and the systems of Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Tycho-Brahé, published by Estienne Michellet in 1675. An enlarged and revised eight-volume edition of Gassendi’s writings, also abridged, was published in Lyon in 1678. Some browning to endpapers, intermittent slight toning. Very small hole to pp. 127-128 with partial loss of two letters. Minor tear to pp. 171-172 with loss of a few letters. Discreet contemporary ink signature to recto of front flyleaf. A very good, clean copy. Contemporary paneled calf, recently rebacked with the original gilt-lettered red leather spine label laid down. Octavo. , 452,  pp. Item #16487
An uncommon book by Gassendi (1592-1655), the French philosopher, priest, astronomer and mathematician. Richard Popkin (1923-2005), author of The History of Skepticism, notes that Gassendi was one of the first thinkers to formulate the modern "scientific outlook," of moderated skepticism and empiricism. Though fairly well represented in libraries, the book is rare on the market, the last auction record dating from 1980.