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    Sale 5808

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    8 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 36

    BRYAN, Margaret. A Compendious System of Astronomy, in a Course of Familiar Lectures. London: J. Wallis, 1799. 8° (228 x 147mm). Engraved frontispiece by W. Nutter after S. Shelly, 17 plates (most plates detached, a few brown spots, stitching weak). Contemporary boards, uncut (lacking spine, soiled). Provenance: British Astronomical Association (stamps on pastedown and title).

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    BRYAN, Margaret. A Compendious System of Astronomy, in a Course of Familiar Lectures. London: J. Wallis, 1799. 8° (228 x 147mm). Engraved frontispiece by W. Nutter after S. Shelly, 17 plates (most plates detached, a few brown spots, stitching weak). Contemporary boards, uncut (lacking spine, soiled). Provenance: British Astronomical Association (stamps on pastedown and title).

    BONNYCASTLE, John. An Introduction to Astronomy in a Series of Letters, from a preceptor to his pupil. London: J. Johnson, 1807. 8° (208 x 130mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait and 19 plates (occasional light browning or spotting). Contemporary cloth (covers detached, faded and rubbed). Provenance: Charlotte Mawbey (inscription on title, dated 1870) -- British Astronomical Association (stamps on title).

    LAPLACE, Pierre Simon de, Marquis (1749-1827). The System of the World, translated by J. Pond. London: Richard Phillips, 1809. 2 volumes in one, 12° (198 x 120mm). Lithographed portrait frontispiece by de Delpech, 4-page publisher's catalogue at end (lower corner of frontispiece, title and following few pages waterstained, frontispiece spotted and offsetting onto title, text very lightly browned). Contemporary half calf (front cover detached, quite rubbed and scuffed). Provenance: Mary Ashley (astronomer (1843-1903), signature on endpaper) -- British Astronomical Association (stamps on endpaper and title). FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH.

    With 15 works on astronomy in 17 volumes, including Thomas Foster's Researches about Atmospheric Phaenomena (London, 1815, second edition), S. Vince's The Principles of Astronomy (Cambridge, 1799), James Ferguson's Astronomy, explained upon Sir Isaac Newton's Principles (Edinburgh, 1811, 3 vols., 23 plates only (of 25), lacks the map of the transit of Venus and the large map of the Moon), and J. Aspin's A Familiar Treatise on Astronomy, explaining the General Phenomena of the Celestial Bodies (London, 1825).
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