• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 221

    HODGSON, James. The Theory of Jupiter's Satellites, with the construction and use of the tables for computing their eclipses. London: for the author, and sold by W. and J. Mount and T. Page, 1749. 4°(240 x 193mm), illustrations. Contemporary calf (rubbed, upper cover detached). Provenance: Francis Wollaston (1731-1815; author and astronomer, with his extensive manuscript notes including diagrams of Jupiter on the final page which is signed and dated Chiselhurst Nov. 10. 1772).

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    HODGSON, James. The Theory of Jupiter's Satellites, with the construction and use of the tables for computing their eclipses. London: for the author, and sold by W. and J. Mount and T. Page, 1749. 4°(240 x 193mm), illustrations. Contemporary calf (rubbed, upper cover detached). Provenance: Francis Wollaston (1731-1815; author and astronomer, with his extensive manuscript notes including diagrams of Jupiter on the final page which is signed and dated Chiselhurst Nov. 10. 1772).
    FRANCIS WOLLASTON'S ANNOTATED COPY. There were three issues of this work by James Hodgson, the former pupil of Flamsteed, in 1749, and a further issue in 1750. Francis Wollaston was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in April 1769 and later served on its council. 'In his private observatory at Chiselhurst, using a telescope with a triple object-glass, he described the great spot and belts of Jupiter in 1772' (ODNB).


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    Please note that the provenance to this lot is incorrect. It is not Wollaston's copy, the annotations at the rear are copied from his article in the Philosophical Transactions and not in his hand.