Frankfurt, Leipzig: [publisher unknown], 1797.
2nd Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #003177
8vo (200 x 120 mm). , 130 pp. Later cardboard (slightly stained towards lower spine, corners little bumped), red-dyed edges. Text little evenly browned, brown spot to upper blank margin of 3 leaves, otherwise pretty clean and virtually unfoxed. Provenance: Illegible ownership inscription on title, a few text annotations in pencil. Near fine copy. ----
D.S.B VII, p.231; Warda 6. - Scarce second 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 third and fourth edition appeared in 1798 and 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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