17 June 2008
DESAGULIERS, John Theophilus (1683-1744). A Course of Experimental Philosophy. London: Printed for W. Innys, et al., 1745.
2 volumes, 4o (237 x 190 mm). 76 engraved plates (a few plates trimmed, slightly affecting a few margins). Contemporary ottled calf, spines gilt (some wear, joints starting, some chipping to spine ends). Provenance: Arthur Godolphin (bookplate).
Second edition, originally published in 1731, on the state of physics. Desaguliers was the inventor of the Planetarium, which he here describes, which would serve to calculate the distances of the heavenly bodies according to Newton and Copernicus. (2)
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