First Edition. hardcover. 2 volumes, in similar but not matching bindings. Large 4to, contemporary calf, recased; one hinge mended, title of volume 1 very fragile and slightly torn, but without loss of text, title of volume 2 crudely re-hinged with tape, library stamps on both, ex libris of the Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland on both covers. Paris, 1758.
Called the first modern history of mathematics, Montucla's work traces the history of mathematics from antiquity to the end of the 17th century, and includes sections on optics, astronomy and mechanics, as well as infinitesimal calculus. There are no early histories more esteemed than his (DSB).