Early American print
A System of Astronomy, on the Principles of Copernicus; containing, besides the usual astronomical calculations, a catalogue of eclipses visible in the United States during the present century, and the tables necessary for calculating eclipses and other computations on the motion of the celestial bodies; accompanied with plates, explaining the principles of the science, and illustrating the aspects of the heavens.
Concord [N.H.]: Jacob B. Moore, 1827.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003747
8vo (219 x 134 mm). xvi, -252 pp. Bound in contemporary half-sheepskin and marbled boards (rubbing, wear to extremities). Bound without the 11 numbered plates. Text somewhat browned and with some scattered foxing throughout, p. 85/86 with torn lower blank corner. Provenance: G.R.S. Library (inscription on front pastedown also dated 1837, March 31). ----
RARE FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of what seems to be the first American book of astronomy based on Copernical principles. The title page calls for plates, but most recorded copies are lacking these, including the Library of Congress copy. The plates have likely been printed and published separately. The author was principal of Pembroke Academy in New Hampshire.
Bibliography: Shoemaker, Checklist of American imprints for 1820-1829, 31636; OCLC 78302237. - Visit our website to see more images!
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