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SOMERVILLE, Mary Fairfax (1780--1872)
Mechanism of the heavens. By Mrs. Somerville.
London: John Murray, 1831.
lxx, 621, [3] p. : illus. (diagrams) ; 21.6 cm. (8º)

The dedication to Henry Lord Brougham and Vaux is signed 'Mary Somerville, Royal Hospital Chelsea, 21st July 1831'. Errata at end. Noted as a scientific writer in her day, Mary Somerville was given special permission to enter the Royal Society's meeting rooms.

Copy Notes Inscribed by the author in ink on the title-page, the first line cropped: To Sir John Soane / from the author. With ALs tipped in: July 29th 1832. / My dear Sir, / I shall be much / gratified if you will do me / the favor to accept of a copy of my work on the Mechanism / of the Heavens as a tribute / to your talents and are / an acknowledgement of the Kindness Dr. Somerville and I have / uniformly received from you. / I remain dear sir / yours sincerely / Mary Somerville. Sir John Soane / &c &c'. William Somerville, Physician to the Royal Hospital from 1819, was appointed to the position of Physician and Surgeon at the end of August 1832. Mrs Somerville had previously sent Soane a copy of her 1826 pamphlet On the magnetizing power of the more refrangible solar rays (q.v.).

Binding C19th diced calf, gilt double-ruled borders, gilt double-ruled spine, false bands with blind-tooled palmettes, marbled edges. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 5s., 10 October 1832. (Archives 7/17/19 book binding)

Reference Number 539


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