A View of the Heavens:

Turner (Richard)

A View of the Heavens:

Being a Short, but Comprehensive System of Modern Astronomy ... To which is added, The Use of the Cælestial Globe ...

Description: FIRST EDITION, title printed in red and black, with 2 full-page engravings, and numerous engravings in the text including 1 with a volvelle, a little browning and offsetting, pp. [iv], 59, [1, ads], folio, [bound with:] A View of the Earth: Being a Short, but Comprehensive System of Modern Geography ... The Second Edition, Printed for S. Crowder, and S. Gamidge in Worcester, 1766, title printed in red and black, with 7 engraved plates (6 of them maps), numerous engravings in the text, 1 with a volvelle, some spotting, pp. [iv], 45, [3, ads], [and:] Plain Trigonometry Readered Easy and Familiar ... S. Crowder, and S. Gamidge in Worcester, 1765, title printed in red and black, woodcut diagrams in the text, a few spots and a little browning, [pp. [iv], 39, [1, ads], contemporary calf backed boards, worn, spine a little defective at head and tail, joints cracked but stout cords holding, signature at end of M. Peacock, and inside the front cover an elegantly printed book label for William Peacock dated 1769

Publication Details: Printed for S. Crowder, 1765

Notes: First editions of the first and last titles. The first is dedicated to the Chancellor and other officers of the University of Oxford and is: 'Drawn up with a View to render the first Rudiments of so illustrious and useful a Science more easy and practicable to the Minds of Youth, and particularly of those who receive their Education in that ancient and venerable Seat of Learning.' Although strictly modern as regarding the state of astronomy, Turner is a stickler for the Creation story, as per John Kennedy's A Complete System of Astronomical Chronology, 1762 (which contains a dedication to Geor...more

Bibliography: (ESTC T106733 (4 copies in the UK and Ireland, not Oxford); T10654 (as previous item); T117908)

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Price: £3,500

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1765

Stock Number: 58489

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