Lot 340: French astronomer and writer (1732–1807). ALS in French, signed "De la Lande," one page, 4.25 x 6.5, March 15, 1782. Letter to the Count of Saluce at the Academy of Science in Turin, in part (translated): "Your reputation in sciences and what the Count of Carburi has assured me of your urbanity inspires in me the confidence to ask some information for the second edition of my Voyage in Italy. The approval of the Academy of Sciences and of Fine Arts are two facts that I would like, and I would also like to indicate the date of their present constitution and, if since 1766 any other important institution has been founded. I have mentioned you in my previous edition." A horizontal wrinkle near the top, mild foxing, unobtrusive paper loss to the lower right corner, and a circular area of mirrored ink at the bottom, otherwise fine condition. Lalande had published his book Voyage of a Frenchman Italy in 1769, containing 'the history and the most singular anecdotes of Italy, and its description; the manners, customs, government, commerce, literature, art, natural history and antiquities, with judgments on works of painting, sculpture and architecture, and the plans of all the major cities.' While his writings on astronomy were already celebrated by the academic community, it was this guidebook that earned him significant praise from the general population. A scarce letter, written while busy at work updating his popular travel guide.
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