Gilbert-Charles LE GENDRETraité historique et critique de l'opinion. [I. Belles-lettres et Histoire de la Philosophie | II. Logique et Métaphysique | III. De la Morale et des Loix | IV. De la Politique | V. De l’Histoire | VI. De la Physique ancienne et moderne | VII. Des Naturalistes et des Arts | VIII. Géométrie, Astronomie et Médecine | IX. Des Sciences occultes].
Paris, chez Briasson, 1758.
9 volumes small 8vo, period full calf binding, spines gilt with raised bands and red and green morocco lettering pieces, red edges. Half-title, title, XIVpp., 1 unnumbered leaf, 652pp.; half-title, title, 583pp.; half-title, title, 602pp.; half-title, title, 423pp.; half-title, title, 400pp.; half-title, title, 468pp.; half-title, title, 462pp.; half-title, title, 484pp.; half-title, title, 576pp. One folding table (volume IX, p. 238) and 16 fine engraved plates, of which 2 folded, numbered 1-16, in volumes VI and VIII. Complete.
Fourth revised, corrected and augmented edition, being the last and best edition of this work which was first published in 1733 in 6 volumes.
The French author Gilbert-Charles Le Gendre (1668-1746), marquis of Saint-Aubin, was counsellor in the parliament and afterwards master of requests. His Treatise on Opinion contains a collection of historical examples illustrating the influence of opinion in the different sciences.
Bookplate of Sylvain Van de Weyer (1802-1874), Belgian lawyer, diplomat and statesman, member of the 1830 temporary government and Prime Minister between 1845 and 1846.
Small tear to two leaves (volume V, p. 81 & volume VIII, p. 417). A very good copy in lovely period binding.