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EULER; COURNOT, Antoine Augustin.

Lettres de L. Euler à une princesse d'Allemagne.

Sur divers sujets de physique et de philosophie précédées de l'éloge d'Euler par Condorcet et annotées par M. A. A. Cournot, Inspecteur général des études.

Paris: L. Hachette, 1842 Stock Code: 128948
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First edition of Cournot's annotated version of Euler's Lettres à une princesse d'Allemagne, originally published in Saint Petersburg between 1768 and 1772. Euler, the great Swiss mathematician, studied under Johann Bernoulli, and was a member of the academies of Saint Petersburg and Berlin. Written in an absorbing and popular manner, his Lettres à une Princesse d'Allemagne (mainly on cosmology and physics), in which he attacked Leibniz's monadology, had an immense success and profoundly influenced contemporary philosophy. From 1834, Cournot was a high official of of the French university system. His edition of Euler's work, rather than following the somewhat disjointed order of the original, is divided into three sections; the first dealing with physics and cosmology, the second with questions of metaphysics, logic and morals, and the third purely with physics, optics, electricity, and magnetism. Cournot's notes bring the subject matter up to date.

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2 volumes, octavo (206 x 128 mm). Near-contemporary prize binding of red roan and pebble grained red paper boards, gilt rule border to sides, spines ruled and lettered gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.


Six folding engraved tables.


Prize label from the Dijon Lycéee Impérial to front pastedown. Spine ends and corners lightly rubbed, short marginal tear to final preliminary leaf of volume one without loss, scattered light spotting, stronger in places; a very attractive copy.


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