Anno Regni Annae Reginae Magna Britannia, Francia, & Hibernia, Duodecimo. At the Parliament Summoned to be Held at Westminster the Twelth Day of November, Anno Dom. 1713. London: John Baskett and the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceased, 1714." /> [HARRISON, John. -- LONGITUDE]. "An Act for Providing a Publick reward for such Person or Persons as Shall Discover the Longitude at Sea." In: <I>Anno Regni Annae Reginae Magna Britannia, Francia, & Hibernia, Duodecimo. At the Parliament Summoned to be Held at Westminster the Twelth Day of November, Anno Dom. 1713</I>. London: John Baskett and the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceased, 1714.|
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    Important Scientific Books: The Richard Green Library

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  • Lot 166

    [HARRISON, John. -- LONGITUDE]. "An Act for Providing a Publick reward for such Person or Persons as Shall Discover the Longitude at Sea." In: Anno Regni Annae Reginae Magna Britannia, Francia, & Hibernia, Duodecimo. At the Parliament Summoned to be Held at Westminster the Twelth Day of November, Anno Dom. 1713. London: John Baskett and the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceased, 1714.

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    [HARRISON, John. -- LONGITUDE]. "An Act for Providing a Publick reward for such Person or Persons as Shall Discover the Longitude at Sea." In: Anno Regni Annae Reginae Magna Britannia, Francia, & Hibernia, Duodecimo. At the Parliament Summoned to be Held at Westminster the Twelth Day of November, Anno Dom. 1713. London: John Baskett and the assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, deceased, 1714.

    2o (290 x 185 mm). 6 pages. (Pages separated, browned.)

    "NOTHING IS SO MUCH WANTED AND DESIRED AT SEA, AS THE DISCOVERY OF THE LONGITUDE" (p. 355)

    FIRST EDITION. One of the first known examples of a reward offered by a government to stimulate scientific research. £20,000 was offered for a method of discovering latitude at sea to within half a degree; lesser amounts were offered for less precise solutions. The reward was not claimed and the problem was unsolved until John Harrison invented the chronometer in the 1760s. Horblit 42a; Norman 2.


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