Mairan, Jean Jacques D'otous de | Traite Physique et Historique de l'Aurore Bore'ale
First edition of de Mairan’s significant treatise on the aurora borealis, including both a scientific analysis of the aurora he viewed in the vicinity of Paris and an extensive historical account of all recorded appearances of the lights.
Jean Jacques D'otous de Mairan (1678-1771) was a fellow and administrator of the Académie Royale des Sciences, as well as a member of the Royal Society. He did research in a number fields, primarily geophysics, and is considered the founder of the field of chronobiology, or the study of circadian rhythms.
...Suite des Mémoires de l’Académie Royale des Sciences. Paris: l’Imprimerie Royale, 1733.
Quarto (247 x 190 mm). Contemporary calf professionally rebacked with the original spine laid down and corners repaired. Spine gilt in compartments, morocco label, triple gilt fillets and arms of the Society of Writers to the Signet to the boards, marbled endpapers, all edges dyed red, red silk bookmark. A well-margined copy. 15 engraved folding plates, woodcut crest to title, elaborate woodcut headpiece depicting astronomical and scientific instruments, single woodcut decorative initial and tailpiece, typographic chart within the text. 5 contemporary library numbers designations in ink on the verso of the front free endpaper and an ex libris note along the gutter of the title. 20th-century Pennsylvania State University ink stamp to the verso of the title. Some marks and scuffs to binding, spotting and offsetting to contents. Very good condition.