Paris: Chez Desaint, Libraire, rue du Foin, 1766. Nouvelle Edition. Full Leather. 20.5 x 13 cm. Octavo. 204pp. 12 fold-out plates in rear. French language text. Bound in full contemporary brown leather, red spine label, floral embellishments to spine. Marble endpapers. "New edition" (second edition). Closed tear to top of rear hinge, chip out of tail of rear hinge, a few gouge marks to back cover. Previous owner's bookplate on front fixed endpaper. Despite wear at hinges, the binding is still tight. Good. Item #66913
La Caille was was an astronomer who mapped and named the constellations visible from the Southern Hemisphere and determined the positions of nearly 10,000 stars. (From the Britanica).