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Paris E L’academie Royale Des Sciences. 1720 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; Folio about 18 x 15"; 360 pages; LES ELEMENS D’EUCLIDE. 1720. [Mathematics]. LES ELEMENS D’EUCLIDE, Expliquez d’UneManiere nouvelle & tres-facile, avec l’usage de chaque Propositionpour toutes les parties des Mathematiques. Par le P. Dechalles, dela Compagnie de Jesus. Nouvelle Edition. Revue, corrigee &augmentee. Claude Jombert, 1720. 12mo. [24]; 216, xlviii; 217-360pp, page xlviii mis-paginated “lviii. ” Calf with gilt-decorated spine, redlabel, edges sprinkled red. Minor scuffing/ superficial chipping tocovers, covers bowed, split to upper portion of front joint. Lightdampstaining to pages and plates, contents otherwise very good. Dark pencilling (from bookseller) ---NOTES: New revised edition, corrected and augmented by Ozanam. Armorial bookplate on frontpastedown of the Lee family. 16 folding plates, illustrating geometric concepts. ------- Provenance: Sir Harry Lancelot Lee was related to General Lee. In the United States, the name of General Robert E. Lee is one that commands great respect - especially in the South, where he's fondly remembered as the finest Confederate general of the American Civil War. But was isn't known so widely is that General Lee's family came from Shropshire, and the family home still exists. For 500 years, the Lee family owned a sizeable chunk of the county in the parish of Alveley, near Bridgnorth. The family, originally-named de la Lee and probably of Norman descent, lived in Coton Hall from the 1300s onwards. The tombs of of two Lees with effigies are in Acton Burnell Church. And it's only because the present-day Coton Hall was put up for sale early in 2003 that the Lees of Shropshire came to light again. Present day Coton Hall was built soon after 1800 for Harry Lancelot Lee, in the Georgian style. At the time the estate ran to 5,000 acres. Although the present building is only some 200 years old, the Lee family's connections with the land go back 1,000 years. The previous building on the site was also called Coton Hall - and it was from here that Robert E. Lee's ancestors left for America in the 1600s. Two of them, Richard Henry and Francis Lightfoot Lee, were the only brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence. General Robert E. Lee's father was 'Light Horse Harry' Lee, a famous soldier of the American War of Independence, where he was known for his courage in fighting the British. And by a bizarre paradox, he may well have been reponsible for the deaths of soldiers from Shropshire - elements of the 53rd Regiment, which later became the Shropshire Regiment, were all but wiped out and the remainder captured at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777. Light Horse Harry resigned from the army as soon as the British were defeated, and settled down to raise the family that included the young general. Well, maybe that's a little kind - before long he deserted Robert and his mother and left them to fend for themselves in Virginia. Harry bolted to the Caribbean in search of fortune. Robert E. Lee went into military college at West Point and became a career soldier in the U. S. Army. He graduated from the West Point military school with not a single demerit point - something no-one has ever done before or since. He joined the U. S. Army but offered his services to the breakaway Confederates when the American Civil War in the 1860s. This made him a traitor in the eyes of the Union, but Lee sided with the Confederate states because his home state of Virginia was one of them. 35228 
Price: 423.00 USD
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