London: Printed for R. Franklin, in Covent-Garden; C. Davis, in Pater-noster-row; and J. Pemberton, in Fleet-Street, 1740. The Third Edition, Corrected. Leather bound. 368pp. Sextodecimo [17 cm] in full brown calf with raised spine bands, gilt-stamped red morocco spine label, and double gilt ruled borders on spine and boards. With an engraved frontispiece and twenty-eight plates and fold-outs (a handful of them neatly colored in by a contemporary owner). Good only. Front board attached by just one cord, rubbing and wear to leather; contemporary ink name on title page, contemporary ink gift inscription on title page verso bleeding through to recto; light dampstain to lower corners of last few gatherings. Item #44514
French priest Noël Antoine Pluche’s Spectacle de la Nature is an early example of popular science, with a Christian slant. This volume is primarily concerned with light, astronomy, and the microscope and telescope.