Lettres sur l’origine des sciences, et sur celle des peuples de l’Asie, adressés à M..de Voltaire...& précédées de quelques Lettres de M. de Voltaire à l'Auteur.
Bailly, Jean Sylvain.

Elmesly; Paris: Debure, 1777. First edition of a controversial work by the astronomer and one-time mayor of Paris, Jean Sylvain Bailly (1736-1793). In a series of ten letters addressed to Voltaire, Bailly examines the early peoples of Asia and determines that they were the source of a Light worming along lower edge of back cover and front joint. Old ink ownership mark on title-page, later bookplate on front pastedown. Marginal tear in I6. Overall a very good, attractive copy. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine with burgundy morocco label, edges stained red. Octavo. [4], 348 pp. (Item ID: 12628)


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