17 June 2008
LAPLACE, Pierre Simon, Marquis de. Mécanique Céleste... Translated, with a Commentary, by Nathaniel Bowditch. Boston: Isaac R. Butts for Hilliard, Gray, Litte and Wilkins, 1829-1839.
4 volumes, 4o (300 x 240 mm). 3 engraved portraits of Laplace, Bowditch and his wife, numerous mathematical diagrams in the text (some marginal spotting). (Some spotting.) Original purple glazed cloth, printed paper labels on spines (spines faded, some wear to labels, extremities lightly rubbed, a few pale stains); cloth slipcase. Provenance: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. B. Rogers (inscription in each volume dated 1841).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, with ample commentary by Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838) American astronomer, mathematician and important navigational author whose revisions of John Hamilton Moore's The Practical Navigator were so extensive that the book was eventually published under his own name as The New American Practical Navigator in 1802. PMM 252 (note); Sparrow Milestones of Science (French edition) 124. (4)
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