17 June 2008
GAUSS, Carl Friedrich (1777-1855). Theoria motus corporum coelestium in sectionibus conicis solem ambientium. Hamburg: Friedrich Perthes and I.H. Besser, 1809.
4o (281 x 239 mm). Engraved plate (some light spotting). (Some minor foxing, mostly marginal.) Modern half calf. Provenance: Harvard University Library (small blindstamp on title).
FIRST EDITION. "In this work Gauss systematically developed the method of orbit calculation from three observations he had devised in 1801 to locate the planetoid Ceres, the earliest discovered of the 'asteroids,' which had been spotted and lost by G. Piazzi in January 1801" (Norman 879). See Dibner Heralds of Science 114n; see PMM 257n.
GAUSS, Carl Friedrich. Theory of the Motion of the Heavenly Bodies Moving about the Sun in Conic Sections... Translated by Charles Henry Davis. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1857.
4o (282 x 230 mm). 8 plates. (Scattered light foxing at beginning and end.) Original cloth. Provenance: Edinburgh, Royal Society (small ink stamp on title).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Translated by the Commander of the United States Navy, who was also superintendent of the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac. (2)
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