17 June 2008
PEARSON, William (1767-1847). An Introduction to Practical Astronomy. London: Printed for the author by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1824-1829.
3 volumes, 4o (312 x 247 mm). Plate volume with 31 mounted engraved plates, one double-page (some occasional pale spotting). Contemporary half morocco, marbled boards (rebacked). Provenance: Cardinal Hayes Library, Manhattan College.
FIRST EDITION of Pearson's monumental and exhaustive textbook of astronomy in which he paid great attention to astronomical instruments. Pearson, one of the original proprietors of the Royal Institution and a founding member of the Astronomical Society of London, devoted the first volume of Practical Astronomy to tables intended to facilitate the reduction of astronomical observations, while in the second volume, he made elaborate descriptions of various astronomical instruments along with engravings of them and instructions for their use. For this publication he received the gold medal from the Astronomical Society on 13 February 1829.
PEARSON. Plates Belonging to the Second Volume of An Introduction to Practical Astronomy. [London: Printed for the author by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1829].
Plate volume only, 4o (309 x 238 mm). 31 engraved plates (one double-page) (some spotting). Contemporary half calf (rebacked preserving original spine).
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