Paris: Au Dépot Central de Libraire, 1835. Third edition of this rare introduction to astronomy and the use of spheres for young children. Originally published in 1832, this work went through eight editions by 1855, though all are rare, and OCLC lists no copies of any edition outside of France. With four large fold-out lithographic plates. Binding extremities lightly worn, covers a bit scuffed. Intermittent light foxing, mostly marginal, plates also a little foxed, with margins a bit browned. Overall a very good, clean copy. Contemporary blue marbled paste-paper boards with gilt red spine label. Twelvemo. viii, 335, [1, blank] pp. Item #16521
Perrault-Maynand gives a basic introduction to the history of astronomy, explaining the different theories of the solar system, with separate chapters on each of the planets, on the fixed stars, on the movements of tides, eclipses, etc. His primary objective, however, is to explain the use of globes, the final chapter providing a series of forty-three problems to be solved. The plates are very appealing, especially the last one depicting the “Planosphere Céleste presentant touts les Constellations visibles à Lyon.”.
We could find no biographical information about the author, though he was a prolific educational author and “Chef de L’Institution” at an institution in Lyon, apparently a Catholic one, as some of his publications deal with ecclesiastical history, and in 1834 he published Eucologium Catholicum. He also makes clear in the present work that the wonders of the heavens are “chef-d’oeuvre des mains du Créatur.”.