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Engraved plate by E Hausard from 'Memoires sur la Meteorologie', (1788) by le P Cotte. Cotte, Canon of the Cathedral of Laon and a man of scientific letters, was encouraged to write the book after the succes of his earlier treatise on meteorology. He was linked with the Academie des Sciences in Paris and the Meteorological Society of the Palatinate at Mannheim, amongst others. His published work was very well illustrated with the best equipment of his day.