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1730 Science Physics Geometry of Rene Descartes / Jesuit Rabuel / 282 FIGURES

Extremely Rare 1st ed Commentary on Descartes / comp@$1600


This is a wonderful and rare offering of the following work written in French. I find this very rare and valuable 1st edition selling for over $1600 elsewhere.


Main author:         Rabuel, Claude, 1669-1728.


Title details: Commentaires sur la geometrie de M. Descartes / par le R. P. Claude Rabuel, de la Compagnie de Jesus.


Published:    A Lyons : chez Marcellin Duplain [De l'Imprimerie de Claude Perrot], 1730.


Physical desc.:        [8], 590, [4] p. [23] folded leaves of plates ; 27 cm (4to).


Subject:       Descartes, René, 1596-1650. — Geometrie.

Geometry —

Other names:         Duplain, Marcellin, [bookseller.]

Perrot, Claude, [printer.]

Descartes, René, 1596-1650.


Language:    French


This is a wonderful volume with fantastic contents and would make a great addition to any collection. I have recently been so pleased by hearing how much my books have been delightful gifts for others. Therefore, I encourage you to think ahead…Anniversary, Birthday, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, or any other special occasion! As a book lover there is not much I would rather receive as a gift. This is one of several such works I am listing, so be sure to check out my other listings.


I have included a biography at the end of the listing for those interested.




Wear:   wear as seen in the photos; see photos

Binding: tight and secure leather binding;

Pages: complete with all 590 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such ;

Publisher: A Lyons : chez Marcellin Duplain [De l'Imprimerie de Claude Perrot], 1730.

Unique features:  rare and excellent contents; ~10.5in X 8in (27cm x 21cm)


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René Descartes French pronunciation: [ʁəne dekaʁt]; (31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650) (Latinized form: Renatus Cartesius; adjectival form: "Cartesian")[3] was a French philosopher, mathematician, and writer who spent most of his adult life in the Dutch Republic. He has been dubbed the 'Father of Modern Philosophy', and much subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which are studied closely to this day. In particular, his Meditations on First Philosophy continues to be a standard text at most university philosophy departments. Descartes' influence in mathematics is equally apparent; the Cartesian coordinate system — allowing algebraic equations to be expressed as geometric shapes, in a 2D coordinate system — was named after him. He is credited as the father of analytical geometry, the bridge between algebra and geometry, crucial to the discovery of infinitesimal calculus and analysis. Descartes was also one of the key figures in the Scientific Revolution.


Descartes frequently sets his views apart from those of his predecessors. In the opening section of the Passions of the Soul, a treatise on the Early Modern version of what are now commonly called emotions, Descartes goes so far as to assert that he will write on this topic "as if no one had written on these matters before". Many elements of his philosophy have precedents in late Aristotelianism, the revived Stoicism of the 16th century, or in earlier philosophers like St. Augustine. In his natural philosophy, he differs from the schools on two major points: First, he rejects the analysis of corporeal substance into matter and form; second, he rejects any appeal to ends—divine or natural—in explaining natural phenomena.[4] In his theology, he insists on the absolute freedom of God’s act of creation.


Descartes was a major figure in 17th-century continental rationalism, later advocated by Baruch Spinoza and Gottfried Leibniz, and opposed by the empiricist school of thought consisting of Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Hume. Leibniz, Spinoza and Descartes were all well versed in mathematics as well as philosophy, and Descartes and Leibniz contributed greatly to science as well.


He is perhaps best known for the philosophical statement "Cogito ergo sum" (French: Je pense, donc je suis; English: I think, therefore I am), found in part IV of Discourse on the Method (1637 – written in French but with inclusion of "Cogito ergo sum") and §7 of part I of Principles of Philosophy (1644 – written in Latin).




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