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FERGUSON, James (1710--1776)
[Lectures on select subjects. 1773]
Lectures on select subjects in mechanics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, and optics. With the use of globes, the art of dialing, and the calculation of the mean times of new and full moons and eclipses. With the supplement. By James Ferguson, F.R.S. A new edition.
London: printed for W. Strahan, J. and F. Rivington, J. Hinton, L. Hawes and Co. W. Johnston, S. Crowder, T. Longman, B. Law, G. Robinson, and T. Cadell, 1773.
vii, [1], 252, [4], 40 p., XXIII + XIII fold. pl. ; 26.2 cm. (4°)

First published in 1760 and reprinted regularly throughout the rest of the eighteenth century. The 'Supplement' is separately paginated and has a separate sequence of plates. Soane also owned the sixth edition of 1784 (q.v.). ESTC n19867.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 9s. on 9 June 1804. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.4). Inscribed in ink on front paste-down Frederick Kañmacher and in pencil B 4.7.; and by Boone in pencil on front free-endpaper fine Copy/ Plates =9s=, with two bookseller's hieroglyphs. Between pp. 144--145 is a loose note on reflecting telescopes 'which Newton improved ... and Mudge perfected'; this may have been prompted by Soane's acquisition of an eight-day marine chronometer made by Thomas Mudge (1717--1794). See P. Thornton and H. Dorey, A miscellany of objects from Sir John Soane's Museum (London 1992), p. 90.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spine with floral motifs, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 2249


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