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[ALENCÉ, Joachim d'].
Verhandelingen over de barometers, thermometers, en notiometers of hygrometers. Door den heer D. Uit het Fransch vertaalt.

The Hague, Jacobus de Jongh, 1730. 8vo. Contemporary marbled wrappers. Title printed in red & black, with engraved allegorical frontispiece by Schoonebeek and 35 full-page engraved plates of thermometers, barometers, hygrometers and scientific experiments probably also by Schoonebeek (only the first plate of the first treatise is signed by him). (12), 138, (6) pp.

Second edition of the Dutch translation made by G. Schoemaker of these three scientific treatise by the astronomer and physicist Joachim d'Alencé (d. 1707). The first edition of the Dutch translation appeared in Amsterdam in 1724, the third in The Hague with Gerard Block in 1738. The original French edition is published in Amsterdam in 1688 under the title Traité des baromètres, Thermomètres et notiomètres, ou hygromètres; second edition 1708.

Contents: engraved title (verso blank), printed title (verso blank), preface (p. (5-10)), contents (p. (11-12)).
- p. 1-52: "Verhandeling van den barometer of 't lucht-glas, een werktuig om de zwaarte of lichtheit der lucht aan te wyzen", illustrated with 8 numbered figs. on 7 plates (figs. 3 and 4 on one plate).
- p. 53-87: "Verhandeling van den therometer of 't weer-glas, een werktuig om de trappen van warmte en koude aan te wyzen", illustrated with 10 numbered figs. on 13 plates (4 x fig. 6 on 4 plates).
- p. 88-126: "Verhandeling van den notiometer zynde een werktuig, 't geen de trappen van droogte of vochtigheit der lucht aanwyst", illustrated with 13 numbered figs. on 12 plates (figs. 1-2 on one plate).
- p. 127-138: "Aanmerkingen over de verhandeling van den barometer", illustrated with 2 numbered (14-15) and one unnumbered figs on 3 plates.
- p. (1-5): index.
Good copy of this interesting work.- (Spine sl. damaged, plates sl. browned with sl. frayed outer margins).
Bierens de Haan p. 68; Nouv. Biogr. Gén. I, col. 786.
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