A Avignon: Chez le Veuve Girard, Impr. Libr. À la Place St. Didier, 1763. First edition. Engraved folding frontispiece and two folding diagrams in Vol. I and engraved headpieces and initial letters; three engraved folding diagrams in Vol. II. Binding extremities lightly rubbed with slight scuffing and soiling to boards. Very minor foxing and light toning in Volume I. A few leaves unopened in Volume I. Title-page of Volume II has a small marginal chip. Page 331 of Volume III has a hole in the gutter, affecting text, but with no loss. Several leaves in each volume have small creases, affecting some letters, but with no loss. A very good set. Contemporary tan calf with gilt-tooled spine. Edges stained red. Three volumes, twelvemo. x, 405 [+1, errata]’ iv, 374 [+1, errata]; xviii, 381, [+2, errata and notes] pp. Item #17401
Aimé-Henri Paulian (1722-1801) was a French physics professor at the Jesuit College of Avignon and a natural philosopher. He wrote several works on natural science, including Système generale de philosophie; Dictionnaire des nouvelles decouvertes en physique; and Dictionnaire de physique, which was often reprinted. In Traité de paix, Paulian attempts to create a synthesis between Descartes and Newton, which he calls le système Newtocartesian.