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Book Number 2756 
Author James Ferguson 
Title Astronomy Explained upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles, and made easy to those who have not studied Mathematics. To which is added a plain method of finding the Distances of all the Planets from the Sun, by the Transit of Venus over the Sun’s Disc, in the Year 1761. An Account of Mr. Horrox’s Observation of the Transit of Venus in the Year 1639: and, of the Distances of all the Planets from the Sun, as deduced from Observations of the Transit in the Year 1761. 
Date 1770 
Publisher W. Strahan; J. and F. Rivington; W. Johnston, etc 
Place of Publication London 
Edition 4th edition. 
Volume Information  
Cover contemporary full calf, upper and lower board with double straight lined gilt boarder. Spine rebacked with 6 compartments of raised bands, black morocco label on two, all edges speckled red.  
Illustration 18 folding plates including the frontis depicting various astronomical diagrams. 
Size 8vo 
Condition Uniform toning otherwise a very good example. 
Provenance  
Pagination P. frontis, title, blank, (1), blank, (4), 1-489, blank, index (14) 
Reference Bibliotheca Chemico-Mathematica 1317 (5th edition); Gascoigne 4556, 2 
Translation Info  
Notes “Ferguson’s ‘Astronomy explained on Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles’ was published in July 1756, and met with immediate and complete success. The first issue was exhausted in a year; the thirteenth edition, revised by Brewster, appeared in 1811, and the demand for successive reprints did not cease until 10 years later. It was translated into Swedish and German, and long excluded other treatises on the same subject. Although containing no theoretical novelty, the manner and method of its expositions were entirely original. Astronomical phenomena were for the first time described in familiar language.” (National Biography) 
Price (US$) 1450  
Short Description Book Astronomy; Book Science & Technology 
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