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Book Description
An eclectic collection of tables, numerical data and practical information typical of this important Scottish polymath. The ^gTables & Tracts^g all relate to astronomy, horology, dialling, chronology, weights and measures, geography, annuities (from de Moivre), life expectancy, etc. Among the longer articles are descriptions of Mungo Murray's 'Armillary trigonometer'; 'A description of three uncommon kinds of clocks'; and 'How to construct an Orrery for shewing the annual revolutions of Mercury, Venus, and the Earth', also estimates the weight of the whole atmosphere as 1.2 x 1019 pounds and the speed of light at 1.2 x 107 miles per minute. The second edition is preferable as the first, which appeared in 1767, was somewhat blighted by mistakes in its latter sections.
Author FERGUSON, James.
Date 1771
Binding contemporary full sprinkled calf, spine tooled in gilt with red morocco label lettered in gilt; the Macclesfield copy with contemporary armorial bookplate on front paste down, and later bookplate ‘North Library (1860)’ pasted to front free endpaper
Publisher London: printed for W. Strahan, J. and F. Rivington ...
Condition Second edition, with additions. 8vo, xv, [i] blank, 334, [1] advertisement, [1] blank; with three folding engraved plates;

Price: £500.00

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