INSTITUT DE FRANCE, Académie des Sciences.
Recueil de mémoires, rapports et documents relatifs à l'observation du passage de Vénus sur le Soleil.
First edition. 7 vol. 4to (29 x 24 cm). Half titles, additional titles, with volumes I-IV and VII comprising 70 lithograph plates (including 7 large folding maps), numerous by Ciceri, several plates coloured, and 22 photographs (on 10 plates), with volume VI comprising 68 illustrative plates and one map, some wood engravings in text; traces of hand-writing offset to first title and some half-title, a tear to one large map, very occasional light spotting. Contemporary calf over marbled boards, spines in six compartments, raised bands, green and red morocco lettering pieces lettered in gilt; lightly rubbed.
Houzeau and Lancaster, 12291; cf. Canales, Jimena. Photogenic Venus: The 'cinematographic turn' and its alternatives in nineteenth-century France. Isis. The University of Chicago Press. Dec 2002. pp. 585-613.