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[Aude, France?, "scripta a me Roberto Le Blond," c. 1707]. Separately titled sections, some major headings include "Physica Specialis" and "Physica Generalis." Date taken from a title leaf: "Pars Quarta Philosophia Seu Physica Generalis scripta a me Roberto Le Blond anno Domini Millesimo Septingentesimo Septimo." Illustrated manuscript in Latin, written in neat cursive hand in black ink, recto and verso, on laid paper. 2 volumes, 8vo (171 x 111mm). Paginated 537 (including index, 540 numbered and intentionally left blank) and 444pp. (including index, 452 numbered and intentionally left blank). Some sections separately titled with a standard engraved title leaf and blank space left for manuscript additions. Illustrated throughout with accomplished pen-and-ink drawings for models and diagrams, and extra-illustrated with contemporary engraved portraits of personification of Physics, and Thales, Aristotle, Archimedes, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Descartes, and Tycho Brahe. Modern half calf over marbled paper boards, gilt lettered spine "LE BLOND PHYSICA GENERALIS"; (light marginal dampstaining toward end of second volume). The portrait engravings and title pages would have come in a standard set from a print shop, intended for this exact usage, to accompany a young scholar’s lengthy transcriptions. These engravings are signed by a Parisian engraver at "rue s. Jacque a l’etoile." Equally enthralling examples of these types of student manuscripts are prevalent during this period with theology and philosophy students, especially in Jesuit and Aristotelian circles. A preliminary leaf is inscribed with several dedications and ownership inscriptions: "Johannis Hanbury St. Annes Day 1851" and again by Johannis on one of the Physica illustrations and his initials on the title. Inscribed again, "To Master Wm J. Cannon In token of the sincere and affectionate regards of A Friend New Years Day 1853." And again, "To C.J. Macfarland with affectionate regards from W. Harrison No. 15. 1896." It is probable that this manuscript was in England for some time following the century after its creation. The named scribe is mysterious: "Roberto Le Blond," is perhaps better said as the French name Robert Leblond. One clue to this assertion is a note on a preliminary leaf, which records a previous ex-libris of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire (the ex-libris is not present in this volume, probably lost after rebinding) with the name of "R. Leblond." At least by the late 18th century, there is a Le Blond family in the Saint-Hilaire Abbey region who are nobles, specifically known as the counts of Saint-Hilaire. It is probable there is some association with these Le Blonds. Nevertheless, these remain two volumes of a neatly handwritten digest on the natural sciences and philosophy. The manuscripts were written in dialectical viewpoints where the opposing view is given equal credence. The first volume focuses on general physics and geometry. The second volume addresses questions of the solar system, illustrating Ptolemaic, Tychonian, and Copernican models of the universe, and describes properties in gravity, geology, geography, chemistry, mineralogy, and magnetism. A second part is fixed on theories of plant, animal, and human life, as well as anatomy and physiology. These manuscript notebooks are highly astute and finely prepared, complete with an ordered index at the rear, each one is a unique compilation by the student. This particular copy is unusual in that it is dated along with the name of the scribal student. He lived in the "Age of Newton" and is localized to probably southern France. N° de ref. de la librería

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