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Mezzotint by Johann Philipp Haid (1730-1806), Augsburg engraver famous for this genre, after the painting by Robert Tournière c1740 preserved at St Malo. Arms of Augsburg below.
- Plate area 310 x 192mm. Fine impression. A superb portrait of the French scientist dressed in fur on his expedition to Lapland (1736) to measure the length of a degree along the meridian confirming Newton’s theory that the Earth is flattened at the poles; he is shown with his left hand resting on a globe and his right hand pointing ahead; Maupertius rose to fame as a result, and was invited to Berlin by Frederick of Prussia to become a member of the Academy of Sciences in 1741, and later it’s president.
      [Bookseller: Hünersdorff Rare Books ABA ILAB]
Last Found On: 2017-12-16           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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