Paris. Chez Durand, Chez Sayoe. & Chez Ganeau (Avec Privelege du Roy). 1749. 16mo. 17cm., 8th edition, in 4 volumes, lx,552 & xii,612 & (xx),515,(4) & (viii),604,(4)pp., with 5 figures, in contemporary full pollished speckled calf, real raised bands, gilt flora and border decorations in the panels, crushed morocco labels gilt, thin blind ruled border on the boards, gilt roll board edge decoration, marbled endpapers and edges, engraved decorated bookplate in each volume, a fine set (ds1). Item #41289
~ A early set of "The Search for Truth", rarely seen in such excellent condition, by French philosopher, scientist and Oratarian, Nicholas Malebranche (1638-1715). A student of ecclesiastical history and greatly influenced by Descartes, Malebranche wrote his seminal work "De la Recherche de la Verite" in 1674-75, a classic of Renaissance philosophy. Volume four includes significant scientific chapters on light and optics with illustrations ("Sur la Lumiere" & "Sur la Optique"). A fine set of Malebranche's finest philosophical work.