(Paris: Chez Michel Brunet, Etienne Ganeau, Claude Robustel, 1728). 215 x 143 mm. (8 1/2 x 5 5/8"). 4 p.l., 372 pp. (with pp. 341-44 bound as large folding table), [5] leaves. Fifth Edition.

Contemporary speckled calf, covers with gilt-rolled edges, raised bands, compartments with central gilt flower motif framed with gilt rolls and tools, all edges red. With 48 engraved plates (22 folding) depicting maps and globes, and one large folding chart. Verso of front free endpaper with ink stamp of M. Alen Goudart. DSB II, 132-33. For the first edition, see: Stevenson, "Terrestrial and Celestial Globes" II, 173; Graesse I, p. 429. Upper joint a little worn but entirely secure, spine with a few small holes due to insect activity, edges and corners worn to boards in a few places, some minor abrasions to covers, but the binding perfectly serviceable and not unpleasing; a couple of tiny rust spots internally, but THE CONTENTS CLOSE TO PRISTINE, especially fresh and clean throughout.

In immaculate condition internally, this is a desirable copy of Bion's most important work, a theoretical and practical treatise on the construction and use of globes. Nicolas Bion (1652-1733) was appointed Engineer of the King for Mathematical Instruments by Louis XIV, and according to DSB he "seems to have made globes, sundials, mathematical instruments, and mechanical machines with equal accuracy" and "was extremely clever and had excellent manufacturing facilities at his disposal." Bion also distinguished himself from his contemporaries in the field by actually publishing books on the subjects of his expertise. The present work, according to Stevenson, makes him "entitled to rank with the leaders of the century in this particular field of scientific endeavor." The book was originally published in 1699, when it appeared with 26 plates; our edition contains 22 more plates, including attractively rendered illustrations of instruments, celestial atlases, heavenly spheres and their orbits, and maps of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the globe. The handsome engravings are all the more appealing in the spotless condition seen here.

Price: $950.00