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Lot 166

Rene Descartes 1st Latin Edition Specimina Philosophiae

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Rene Descartes (French, 1596-1650). "Specimina philosophiae: seu dissertatio de mehodo...dioptrice, et meteora. Ex gallico translata..." Amsterdam: Elzevir, 1644.

This is the first Latin edition of Descartes' "Specimina," his most significant contribution to optics, as well as the first publication of the famous Cartesian expression "cogito ergo sum."

Quarto, 331 pages. Text woodcuts throughout. With a receipt and description from Jeremy Norman & Co., Inc.

Provenance: Jeremy Norman & Co. Inc., San Francisco, California; Private collection, South Dakota.

Cover; height: 8 in x width: 6 1/2 in. Please contact us for a detailed condition report. Please note that the lack of a condition statement does not imply perfect condition. Email condition@revereauctions.com with any condition questions.