Falconet, Camille

, born at Lyons in 1671, was bred a physician, in which profession his family had long | been celebrated, but distinguished himself more iii general literature than in medicine. He settled at Paris, became a friend of Malebranche, and in 1716 was elected into the French academy. He had a library of forty-five thousand volumes, from which, in 1742, he presented to the royal library all those that were wanting to that collection. He died Feb. 8, 1762, at the age of 91, being supposed (like Fagon), to have prolonged his life by his skill. He was of a lively disposition, with a ready natural eloquence; and though he was not so famous in the practice of medicine, he was much esteemed in consultation. His chief works are, 1. A translation of Viliemont’s “Systema Planetarum,” published in 1707. 2. An edition of the Greek pastoral of “Daphnis and Chloe,” translated by Amyot, with curious notes. 3. An edition of Desperier’s “Cymbalum Mundi,” with notes. 4. Several dissertations in the inemoirs of the academy; and some medical theses. He was uncle to Stephen Falconet, the celebrated sculptor, of whom we regret that no good account has yet reached this country, where he has long been known for his writings. 1