Paris: Chez P. Blanchard & Cie Libraires pour l'Educatn [sic], [n.d., 1818?]. Likely first edition. Though this is undated, the ads suggest a date of 1818. Engraved frontispiece, included in the pagination, engraved pictorial title-page, and four engraved plates. Some light shelfwear, two wormholes in spine and one in lower board, not affecting text. A very good, attractive copy. Half contemporary mottled calf over blue-green paper boards, gilt red morocco spine label, edges stained yellow. Twelvemo. 208 pp. +  pp. publisher's ads. Item #17143
This frequently reprinted book offers biographies of well-known scientists, politicians, musicians, artists, and philosophers, paying special attention to their early upbringing, with the aim of inspiring young Frenchmen to work hard and achieve much. Blanchard tells the story of young Linneaus tending to his plants, Rameau's practicing his music on a spinet piano, Gassendi preaching sermons at the age of four, etc,
Gumuchian 746. OCLC records copies at Oxford, UCLA, Indiana and Miami University only.