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Pierre Le Lorrain, abbé de Vallemont (1649-1721), physicist, numismatist, and literary scholar, was attached as a professor to the college of Cardinal Lemoine. As a tutor and great lover of science, he collected his notes in this work, first published in 1696 in two volumes. A curious mind and great collector, he had an important cabinet of curiosities composed of machines, natural history objects and medals
Prestigious Russian Imperial provenance
Copy bound for the two sons of Tsar Paul Ist, Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovitch and his elder brother Aleksandr with their respcetive cipher at head of each volume.
Aleksander (1777-1825) became Emperor of RUssia in 1801, first king of Congress Poland from 1815, and Grand Duke of Finland from 1809 until his death. He married Louise of Baden, future Elizabeth Alexeievna, in 1793.
Grand Duke Konstanine (1779-1831) married Juliane of Saxe-Coburg, future Anna Feodorovna, in 1796. The marriage was not to last, and the couple separated in 1799, long time before the official divorce was pronounced in 1820. Konstantin received his name from his paternal grandmother Catherine the Great who had a great admiration for the Roman Emperor Constantin.