This is the first printing of the french mathematician Alexis-Jean-Pierre Paucton’s “Métrologie, ou Traité des Mesures, Poids et Monnoies des Anciens Peuples & des Modernes” (955 numbered pages, plus 6 editorial pages). Chez la Veuve Desaint, Paris, published this first edition (all text in French) in 1780.
The full leather cover (app. 8″ x 10.25″), contemporary, likely original, is worn, with weakness to the front hinge, shallow edge wear at most points, and surface crackling to the spine, which is straight. There is extensive gilt decoration to the spine, which has five raised bands and gilt title lettering within an attached black background. That gold title is chipped but clearly legible.
The marbled inside cover spreads are unfaded and clean, with no stamps or other attachments, and no writing or notations. The only extraneous element in the book is the ink stamp of the Bibliothèque de ADn de Gasparin, on the title page (see photo). The binding is solid, with no loose or missing pages.
The edges, dyed red all-around, are unfaded and clean, as are the page faces, which have occasional light stains, but no prominent stains, with all the lettering unfaded and clearly legible. There are few creases and no notable tears.
The accompanying photos are accurate reflections of the book conditions.
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