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WILLIAMS, Thomas (fl. 1788)
Method to discover the difference of the earth's diameters; proving it's true ratio to be not less variable than as 45 is to 46, and shortest in it's pole's axis 174 miles. Elucidated with five copper plates, with a variety of new tables suited to the subject. Likewise a method for fixing an universal standard for weights and measures. By Thomas Williams.
London: printed for the author; and sold by J. Stockdale; and by Wm. Richardson, 1788.
viii, 71, [1], 72--75, [14] p., 5 pl. (2 fold.); 21.0cm. (8°)

Includes a leaf of errata (p. [76]) and 12 unnumbered pages of tables at the end. Among other things the author proposes a universal 'geographical' standard for weights and measures based on a decimalisation of the existing English system. ESTC t39318.

Copy Notes Bound after a copy of Moivre's Annuities on lives, 4th ed., 1752 (q.v.).

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label lettered 'De Moivre's Annuities &c'., later numbered '28' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 4299


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