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Astronomiae Physicae & Geometricae Elementa.

pp. (xii), 494, (ii). Engraved title vignette, numerous woodcut text diagrams. Contemporary panelled calf, rubbed and worn along the spine edges and corners, but internally crisp, a nice copy with the gilt stamp of the REVEREND JOHN PHELIPPS, Vicar of Yeovil (1756-1766), on the front board, earlier names in ms. on the front end-paper - JOHN LOCKTON 1702 and THOS. FOULIES ? 1725. A note gives the cost of the book, £1.3s.4d. and its value in 1730 - £1.10s.

*BABSON Catalogue #71; GRAY #87. See DNB - 'It was the first textbook composed on gravitational principles, and remodelling astronomy in conformity with physical theory. Newton thought highly of it, and communicated for insertion in it (p.332-336 Lunae Theoria Newtoniana) his 'lumar theory', long the guide of practical astronomers in determining the Moon's motions. The discusssion in the Preface, in which the doctrine of gravitation was brought into credit on the score of its antiquity, likewise emanated from Newton.' DAVID GREGORY [1661-1708], brilliant young Professor of Astronomy at Edinburgh, was one of Newton's closest friends and associates. At the time of publication, he was Savillian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford and FRS.

E Theatro Sheldoniano. Oxoniae.

Date Published: 1702. First edition. Folio.

Stock No. 56461

Price: 2,550.00