Horology and Science Books | 11 April 2013
Le Roy (Pierre) - Étrennes Chronométriques, ou Calendrier pour l'Année Bissextile M.DCC.LX.
Sold for £3000
Le Roy (Pierre)
Étrennes Chronométriques, ou Calendrier pour l'Année Bissextile M.DCC.LX.
contenant ce qu'on s'e7ait de plus int'e9ressant sur la division & le mesure du temps, engraved frontispiece after Gravelot with preceding letterpress explanatory leaf, tables, privilege/errata leaves at end, frontispiece very lightly browned, Robert Panicali's copy with his ink monogram stamp to front free endpaper, book-labels of H.Destailleur and Paul Garnier Horloger, Paris on front pastedown, magnificent contemporary red morocco with double gilt rule border, spine gilt in compartments, g.e., decorative gold and white endpapers, very slight wear to corners and edges but still an excellent copy, [Baillie p.253; Cohen-de Ricci 628, "ouvrage fort rare en forme d'almanach du c'e9l'e8bre horloger", cites this copy "en maroquin rogue ancien, 60fr., vente Destailleur (1891, n.815)"; Tardy p.161], 24mo, Paris, the author [& others], 1760.
⁂ Superb copy of a very rare almanach ; we can find no copy at auction during the last 35 years. "This is a remarkable little book. In accuracy and clearness it is in striking contrast with the writings of other horologists. And it gives in its small compass an immense amount of information on time and timekeepers." Baillie
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