Mémoires concernant diverses questions d'Astronomie, de Navigation et de Physique… [Parts I-IV, complete].

Paris: De L'Imprimerie Royale. 1781.

Quarto, four parts with spearate title-pages together as one volume, with altogether two engraved plates and a folding engraved double-hemisphere world map; uncut and partly unopened, in old quarter calf.

Louis XV's favourite astronomer

Rare: the full series of Le Monnier's Mémoires. Parts of these astronomical and navigational treatises are sourced directly from observations made from various 18th-century voyagers, including Halley, Surville, the English in Tahiti, Roggeveen, Wallis, Carteret, Maurelle, Marion, Bouvet and Anson. There is considerable discussion of Cook's second voyage and scientific observations made during its course. A long section is entitled "Utilité des Grands Voyages autour du monde, pour servir à perfectionner la Théorie générale des courans à la Mer". The large world map includes a fairly complete Nouvelle Hollande. He includes a report sent to him by Antonio de Ulloa, with his observations on the total eclipse made from the Espagne near Cape Saint-Vincent, as well as a discussion of the shift caused by refraction in the apparent position of the sun observed by Gerrit de Veer during Barentsz's third voyage at Nova Zembla in 1597.

Rare: the full series of Le Monnier's Mémoires. Parts of these astronomical and navigational treatises are sourced directly from observations made from various 18th-century voyagers, including Halley, Surville, the English in Tahiti, Roggeveen, Wallis, Carteret, Maurelle, Marion, Bouvet and Anson. There is considerable discussion of Cook's second voyage and scientific observations made during its course. A long section is entitled "Utilité des Grands Voyages autour du monde, pour servir à perfectionner la Théorie générale des courans à la Mer". The large world map includes a fairly complete Nouvelle Hollande. He includes a report sent to him by Antonio de Ulloa, with his observations on the total eclipse made from the Espagne near Cape Saint-Vincent, as well as a discussion of the shift caused by refraction in the apparent position of the sun observed by Gerrit de Veer during Barentsz's third voyage at Nova Zembla in 1597.

Pierre-Charles Le Monnier (1715-1799), astronomer, professor at the Collège Royale, member of the Royal Society, the Berlin Academy and the Académie de la Marine, and at one time a great favourite of Louis XV, was himself a traveller - he accompanied Maupertuis to Lapland in 1736 - and as an astronomer specialised in lunar observations, with particular emphasis on parallax observations achieved at distances. For this reason he was particularly interested in the science of navigation, and evidently knew the voyage literature well.

DSB, VIII pp.178-9; Houzeau & Lancaster, 3518; Sabin, 40010.

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