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FERGUSON, James (1710--1776)
[The young gentleman and lady's astronomy. 1779]
An easy introduction to astronomy, for young gentlemen and ladies: describing the figure, motions, and dimensions of the Earth; the different seasons; gravity and light; the solar system; the transit of Venus, and its use in astronomy; the moon's motion and phases; the eclipses of the sun and moon; the cause of the ebbing and flowing of the sea, &c. The fourth edition. Illustrated with copper-plates. By James Ferguson, F.R.S.
London: printed for T. Cadell, 1779.
[8], 247, [1] p., VII fold. pl. ; 21.2 cm. (8º)

Originally published in 1768 under the title The young gentleman and lady's astronomy. Ferguson, a self-taught astronomer and polymath, was the author of numerous scientific works. Publisher's advertisements for seven other works by Ferguson on final page. ESTC t131714.

Copy Notes Part of lot 10 bought for 9s. at the Attingham Hall Sale, 7 August 1827 (q.v.). With the engraved armorial bookplate of Lord Berwick, obscured by another bookplate with initials 'SB' under a baron's coronet [possibly the 2nd Baron's wife Sophia, née Dubouchet and the sister of the notorious courtesan Harriette Wilson?].

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt roll-tooled spine, red and black morocco spine-labels and paper label with library shelfmark '10/6'. Uniformly bound with three other volumes of 'Ferguson's Works', Lectures, 6th ed., 1784 (q.v.), The art of drawing in perspective made easy, 2nd ed., 1778 (q.v.), and Tables and tracts, 2nd ed., 1771 (q.v.).

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