1734 TREATISE on CLOCKS / Traité des Horloges ILLUSTRATED w/ 27 Fold-Open PLATES - Clock and Watch Making
TRAITÉ GÉNÉRAL DES HORLOGES, by Jacques Allexandre.
PARIS: Hippolyte-Louis Guerin & Jacques Guerin, 1734. First Edition. TEXT in FRENCH.
A wonderfully illustrated treatise on the history and art of making timepieces. At the rear there is a catalog of writers on the subject with a brief account of their principal works.
Hardcovers, leather covered boards, five raised spine bands, gilt decorated spine with brown morocco spine label lettered in gilt, red page edges, marbled endpapers, 5x8 inches (12x20 cm). Pagination: viii, 387,  pages;
ILLUSTRATED with 27 ENGRAVED FOLDING PLATES and 4 folding tables. (Two of the 27 plates are numbered with the same number, namely plates IX and XXIII, so the last plate - which is actually plate 27 - is numbered XXV.)
GOOD Condition: Covers are rubbed, worn through at the corners and bottom edges, and chipped at the spine ends, but still solid and attractive. Internally, the pages are age toned, there is scattered light foxing, some plates have edgewear and some edge chipping, not affecting the illustrations, otherwise tight, bright, clean and clear. A complete, very presentable copy.
This 1734 book is a rare time-piece in its own right.