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GREAVES, John (1602--1652)
Miscellaneous works of Mr. John Greaves, Professor of Astronomy in the University of Oxford: many of which are now first published. ... Adorn'd with sculptures. To the whole is prefix'd, an historical and critical account of the life and writings of the author. In two volumes. Published by Thomas Birch, ...
London: printed by J. Hughs, for J. Brindley, and C. Corbett, 1737.
2 vols ; 18.9 cm. (8º)
I: [6], lxxii, [2], ix, [1], 356 p., [7] pl. (4 fold.) : illus.
II: [4], 359--540, [6], 591--800, [2] p. : illus.

Contents: Vol. 1. The life and writings of Mr. John Greaves -- Pyramidographia. 1736 -- A discourse of the Roman foot and denarius. 1736 -- Vol. 2. Miscellaneous tracts, letters, poems, &c. 1736 -- A description of the Grand Seignor's seraglio. 1737. 'Pyramidographia', 'A Discourse', and 'Miscellaneous Tracts' have separate title-pages dated 1736. 'A Description' has separate title-page dated 1737. The 'Miscellaneous Tracts' include anonymous 'Reflections on the Pyramidographia' and 'A Dissertation upon the Sacred Cubit of the Jews ... translated from the Latin of Sir Isaac Newton, not yet published'. Newton's 'Dissertatio de sacro Judaeorum cubito' appeared in his Opuscula mathematica, philosophica et philologica, 1744. Greaves, in his dedication, wrongly attributes 'A description of the grand seignor's seraglio' to its translator, Robert Withers; it is actually by Ottavio Bon and was originally entitled Il serraglio del Gransignore. Volume title-pages printed in red and black. Page 540 (end of 'Miscellaneous tracts …') is followed by 6 unnumbered pages (prelims) and pp. 591 onwards (text of 'Description of the seraglio'). ESTC n5177.

Copy Notes Sent on approval and bought from J. Williams for 4s., 15 September 1830. (Archive 7/14/33). The pagination of vol. I is irregular. Two unsigned leaves, with page numbers 91-92 and 89-90, are inserted between pp. lxx and lxxi. Two leaves signed h3, h4 and also numbered 89-92 are placed between pp. 88 and 93. Following the catchwords, the two unsigned leaves are misbound, and should precede h3, creating a duplicate sequence of pp. 89-92. The catchword of h3 verso refers to the plate (in this copy misbound facing p. 141). The Soane copy has one single plate and five folded plates; two of the folded plates contain two separate images intended to be cut and bound separately.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-rolled borders, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Greaves's Works'.

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