Zeitz: Wilhelm Webel, 1798.
3rd Edition. Soft cover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002974
8vo (220 x 133 mm). , 143  pp. Contemporary plain wrappers, spine with paper label titled in faint ink (spine chipped with loss, edges little frayed, wrappers age toned and slightly soiled, in protective mylar foil with later hand-lettered spine-label). Text little browned and dust soiled at outer margins, leaves slightly frayed and chipped at corners, occasional very minor spotting. Generally a very good, clean and unsophisticated copy. ----
Third edition of Kant's third work, first printed in 1755. An "Auszug", i.e only part of the Naturgeschichte, was printed in 1791, but no other editions or part of the work appeared between 1755 and 1797, though a fourth edition appeared in 1808. All editions of this work are of great rarity.
In his youth Kant was a great admirerer of Newton, and in this work he bases his theories on him, but at the same time goes far beyond him. Kant describes how the solar system originated, and does this on the basis of his own mechanical principles. "In his "Theory of the heavens", Kant, by a series of bold strokes, anticipated astronomical facts that were later confirmed by very powerful observational techniques and with the help of relativistic cosmological theory. He conjectured that our solar system is a part of a vast system of stars making up a single galaxy, that the so-called nebolous-stars are galactic systems external to but similar to our own galaxy (a fact that was not confirmed until the twentieth century), and that there are many such galaxies making up the universe as a whole." (D.S.B.). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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