first edition Hardcover
1797 · Paris
by Smith, Adam; Prévost, Pierre [translator]
Paris: H. Agasse, 1797. First French Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, 316, 283 pages; VG; bound in period quarter calf green marbled boards, gilt titling and tooling to spine; mild wear and rubbing, marbled paper slightly damaged in four places; speckled text block; interior clean, with no names or markings; two parts bound together, lacking frontispiece portrait as usual, only bound into some copies; both half-titles and title pages present; JL consignment; shelved case 3. Essays on Philosophical Subjects is a posthumously published history of astronomy until Smith's own era, plus some thoughts on ancient physics and metaphysics; This French translation, published two years after the first English, was translated by Pierre Prévost, a Swiss philosopher and physicist who he demonstrated in 1791 that all bodies, cold or hot, emit heat by radiation. 1329312. Shelved Dupont Bookstore.
(Inventory #: 1329312)