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A CYCLE OF CELESTIAL OBJECTS [ILLUSTRATED], Smyth, William Henry.
1 A CYCLE OF CELESTIAL OBJECTS [ILLUSTRATED] Smyth, William Henry.
London John W. Parker 1844 First English Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; viiii,[4],516,4pp. ads; xx,560 pages; Numerous text illustrations. Half-titles; publisher's 4-page catalogue at end of Volume 2. 2 volumes. 8vo, modern gilt-lettered black cloth; old institutional stamps on titles. First edition of a classic guide to amateur astronomy. The first volume is a general introduction to the subject; the second, known as the Bedford Catalogue, records 850 objects seen from the author's private observatory at Bedford. A career naval officer, Smyth (1788-1865) devoted his attention to astronomy from 1830 onward. One of his sons was Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819-1900) , astronomer royal for Scotland. BEA, page 1070. Illustrated with a large number of textural engravings and drawings. ; 6 33052 
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ABREGE D'ASTRONOMIE PAR M. DE LA LANDE, LECTEUR ROYAL EN MATHE? MATIQUES; DE L'ACADEMIE ROYALE DES SCIENCES DE PARIS ; DE CELLES DE LONDRES, DE PETERSBOURG, DE BERLIN, DE STOCKOLM, DE BOLOGNE, & C. CENSEUR ROYAL., La Lande, Joseph-Jerome Le Francais De
2 ABREGE D'ASTRONOMIE PAR M. DE LA LANDE, LECTEUR ROYAL EN MATHE? MATIQUES; DE L'ACADEMIE ROYALE DES SCIENCES DE PARIS ; DE CELLES DE LONDRES, DE PETERSBOURG, DE BERLIN, DE STOCKOLM, DE BOLOGNE, & C. CENSEUR ROYAL. La Lande, Joseph-Jerome Le Francais De
Paris Les Libraires Associes 1775 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; 16 folding engraved plates. Xxxvi, 507 pages. 8vo, 195x126 mm, contemporary calf gilt, top of spine chipped, portion missing from bottom compartment; scattered minor spotting, opening leaves gnawed slightly along bottom edge, contemporary monogram stamp on title, elsewhere in text, and on verso of plates. NOTES: Abridgment originally published the year before of Lalande's 1764 Traité d'Astronomie. Shows the importance of astronomy in all times and all peoples. ; 0 35027 
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AZIMUTHS OF THE SUN 15th Edition, H. O. Number 71, U. S. Hydrographic Office United States Navy Department
3 AZIMUTHS OF THE SUN 15th Edition, H. O. Number 71 U. S. Hydrographic Office United States Navy Department
Washington, DC Government Printing Office 1939 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; Published by the Government printing office in Washington, DC 1939, 15th edition; 0 19489 
Price: 14.05 USD
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DE DOCTRINA TEMPORUM [WITH URANOLOGION] [Lbc], Petau, Denis, S. J.
4 DE DOCTRINA TEMPORUM [WITH URANOLOGION] [Lbc] Petau, Denis, S. J.
Venice Bartolomeo Baronchelli, 1757 Paperback Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustration; c1700 pages; xlviii, 568, [8]; xii, 536; viii, 220, viii, 364 pages, including engraved frontispiece portrait of the author. 4 parts in 3 volumes. Folio, 395x260 mm, contemporary paste-paper wrappers, quite worn and most likely original, with portions missing from spines and some chipping along cover edges, Volume 2 front cover detached with title adhered, other front covers partly detached; scattered foxing; uncut. Vác Piarist ownership inscription dated 1805 on titles, later Hungarian stamp on versos. NOTES; The first 2 volumes reprint Petau's 1627 treatise on chronology De doctrina temporum, the third his 1630 Uranologion. Houzeau & Lancaster 12840. Uranologion brings together works by famous ancient astronomers such as Hipparchus, c. 190 BC – c. 120 BC, Geminus, 1st century BC, and Ptolemy 90 – 168 AD. Latin language text. PROVENANCE-Astronomy and Science Books from the Collection of Martin C. Gutzwiller. ; 9 35010 
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EXPERIENCES DE PHYSIQUE [CT 2 VOLS], Polinière, Pierre De.
5 EXPERIENCES DE PHYSIQUE [CT 2 VOLS] Polinière, Pierre De.
Paris Clouzier, Bordelet, Gissey 1734 Fourth Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; 19 engraved plates. [40], 398, [8]; [8], 382, [24] pages, including half-titles. 2 volumes. 12mo, 165x94 mm, contemporary mottled calf gilt; some plates toned, dampstaining in lower outer corners of Volume 2 opening leaves. Paris: Gissey et al. , 1734 Fourth edition of a work originally published in 1709, based on the author's lectures at the University of Paris, containing detailed descriptions of 116 experiments. An account of various electrical experiments with magnets. Pierre Poliniere was one of the earliest in France to present public lectures on experimental natural philosophy, and one of the first on the continent to advocate Newton's theory of colour. His Experiences de physique of 1709 contains a hundred experiments to do with the weight and elasticity of air, chemistry, hydrostatics, sound magnetism, light and colour. DSB XI, 67-68. PROVENANCE-Astronomy and Science Books from the Collection of Martin C. Gutzwiller. ; 0 35013 
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GUY'S ELEMENTS OF ASTRONOMY AND AN ABRIDGMENT OF KEITH'S NEW TREATISE ON THE USE OF THE GLOBES, Guy & Keith
6 GUY'S ELEMENTS OF ASTRONOMY AND AN ABRIDGMENT OF KEITH'S NEW TREATISE ON THE USE OF THE GLOBES Guy & Keith
Key and Mielke 1831 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; B&W Illustrations; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 186, 173 pages; GUY'S ELEMENTS OF ASTRONOMY AND AN ABRIDGMENT OF KEITH'S NEW TREATISE ON THE USE OF THE GLOBES. Both bound into a single volume. Frontis is a foldout of the solar system showing 7 planets. Various other illustraions and charts throughout the book. Contemporary leather binding with front cover loose. ; 0 24445 
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HAND-BOOK TO ASTRONOMY sheet I the solar system, Gall, James [Rev. ]
7 HAND-BOOK TO ASTRONOMY sheet I the solar system Gall, James [Rev. ]
W. & A. K. Johnston Wrappers Near Fine with no dust jacket 
We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 23 pages; ND but circa 1875 as I also have sheet III which is dated 1875. Pink wraps with staples. ; 0 22988 
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HAND-BOOK TO ASTRONOMY Sheet III Celestial Objects, Gall, James [Rev. ]
8 HAND-BOOK TO ASTRONOMY Sheet III Celestial Objects Gall, James [Rev. ]
W. & A. K. Johnston 1875 Wrappers Good with no dust jacket 
We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 19 pages; Pink wraps with staples. Wraps have separated; 0 22989 
Price: 20.63 USD
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HISTOIRE DU CIEL, OU L'ON RECHERCHE L'ORIGINE DE ... [CT IN 2 VOLS], [Pluche, Antoine]
9 HISTOIRE DU CIEL, OU L'ON RECHERCHE L'ORIGINE DE ... [CT IN 2 VOLS] [Pluche, Antoine]
Paris Estienne 1748 Hardcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; History of the sky, or the origin of idolatry and the despised philosophy is research on the formation of celestial bodies & any nature. New edition. Sound copies in calf with spines nicely worked in gilt. Nouvelle édition. Marbled eps. A number of plates, some a little bit weird. 6.5 x 4". ; 0 35302 
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INSTITUTIO ASTRONOMICA JUXTA HYPOTHESES TAM VETERUM QUAM COPERNICI ET TYCHONIS. ACCEDUNT EIUSDEM VARII TRACTATUS ASTRONOMICI . . . EDITIO ULTIMA PAULO ANTE MORTEM AUCTORIS RECOGNITA [ILLUSTRATED], Gassendi, Pierre
10 INSTITUTIO ASTRONOMICA JUXTA HYPOTHESES TAM VETERUM QUAM COPERNICI ET TYCHONIS. ACCEDUNT EIUSDEM VARII TRACTATUS ASTRONOMICI . . . EDITIO ULTIMA PAULO ANTE MORTEM AUCTORIS RECOGNITA [ILLUSTRATED] Gassendi, Pierre
Amsterdam: Apud Janssonio-Waesbergios, 1680 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; Numerous engraved and woodcut illustrations and diagrams. [8], 309, [7] pages. 4to, 198x152 mm, modern 1/2 green calf; scattered foxing, title soiled and moderately wrinkled, with small label remnant in gutter, dampstaining in lower margins in second half of volume. PROVENANCE-Astronomy and Science Books from the Collection of Martin C. Gutzwiller. ; 0 35009 
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INSTITUTIONS NEWTONIENNES; OU, INTRODUCTION A LA PHILOSOPHIE DE M. NEWTON., Sigorgne, Pierre.
11 INSTITUTIONS NEWTONIENNES; OU, INTRODUCTION A LA PHILOSOPHIE DE M. NEWTON. Sigorgne, Pierre.
Paris Guillyn 1769 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; 7 folding engraved plates on 6 leaves [ the often errant plate 4 is present], Lvi, xlix, [3], 393, [3] pages. 8vo, 198x122 mm, contemporary sheep gilt with morocco lettering piece, spine ends with shallow wear, cover corners worn through, 19th-century Ricasoli-Firidolfi armorial bookplate on title verso (slightly wrinkling the paper). NOTES: Second edition of an introduction to Newtonian mathematics and physics originally published in 1747. Pages 327-59 contain a summary of the author's 1748 prize essay on the effects of attraction on capillary phenomena, "the most successful of Sigorgne's efforts to apply the concept of universal gravitation" (DSB). Babson 112; DSB XII, 430; Wallis 150.001.; 0 35028 
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INTRODUCTION A L'ETUDE DE L'ASTRONOMIE PHYSIQUE., Cousin, Jacques-Antoine-Joseph
12 INTRODUCTION A L'ETUDE DE L'ASTRONOMIE PHYSIQUE. Cousin, Jacques-Antoine-Joseph
Paris Didot 1787 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; 2 engraved plates. Xvi, 324 pages . Full contemporary patterned calf . Contents clean, mainly given over to explaining equations. French Language. ; 0 35030 
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OPUSCULA VARII ARGUMENTI. VOLUMES 1 AND 3 (OF 3), Euler, Leonhard.
13 OPUSCULA VARII ARGUMENTI. VOLUMES 1 AND 3 (OF 3) Euler, Leonhard.
Berlin Ambrosius Haude & Johann Carl Spener, 1746-1751 First Edition Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; 6 folding engraved plates, [2], 300 pages; 5 folding engraved plates, [2], 165 pages. Together, 2 volumes. 4to, 211x175 mm, contemporary boards, spine darkened, joints and cover edges worn; and 207x167 mm, contemporary sheep gilt, top of spine chipped, vol 2 covers slightly warped; some toning, light marginal dampstaining in second volume. First edition of a collection of writings on physics, planetary motion, physical optics, matter, mechanics, and magnetism. Pages 137-68 of Volume 1 contain the first complete printing of Tabulae astronomicae solis & lunae, "the earliest published astronomical tables incorporating perturbations deduced analytically from the inverse-square law of gravitation" A significant landmark in Astronomy . (BEA) ; an excerpt had appeared in 1745. BEA, page 347; Eneström 80, 156; Houzeau & Lancaster 3482. Covers determination of the orbits of comets and planets, calculation of the parallax of the sun, the physical nature of comets, celestial mechanics, etc. Most uncommon. PROVENANCE-Astronomy and Science Books from the Collection of Martin C. Gutzwiller. ; 0 35012 
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PHORONOMIA; SIVE, DE VIRIBUS ET MOTIBUS CORPORUM SOLIDORUM ET FLUIDORUM., Hermann, Jacob.
14 PHORONOMIA; SIVE, DE VIRIBUS ET MOTIBUS CORPORUM SOLIDORUM ET FLUIDORUM. Hermann, Jacob.
Amsterdam Apud Rod. & Gerh. Wetstenios, 1716 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; 12 folding engraved plates. [22], 401, [2] pages, title printed in red and black with engraved vignette, including engraved allegorical frontispiece. 4to, 239x197 mm, modern tan leatherette. Occasional minor browning, dampstain in upper outer corner of last few plates. Contemporary signature of Fr. Justinianus Klug. First edition. "An early contribution to the calculus of variations. The author was professor at Padua and Leningrad and took part on Leibnitz's side in the question of 'vis viva.' There is a description of Hermann's thermometer, which was an improvement on Amonton's air thermometer and not affected by atmospheric pressure"--Babson supplement, page 88. Middleton, page 108. PROVENANCE-Astronomy and Science Books from the Collection of Martin C. Gutzwiller. NOTES: Famous first text-book on 'theoretical mechanics' based on the Leibnitian calculus, uncommon. Bound in contemporary vellu, (somewhat stained, upper caver shafed). - "This textbook concerned advanced mechanics in the modern sense and was considered an important work, very favorably reviewed by Leibniz himself in the Acta Eruditorum." (Fellmann). Jakob Hermann (1678-1733) was a mathematician who worked on problems in classical mechanics. He is the author of the famous Phoronomia, an early treatise on Mechanics. In 1729, he proclaimed that it was as easy to graph a locus on the polar coordinate system as it was to graph it on the Cartesian coordinate system. However, una vergota. He appears to have been the first to show that the Laplace-Runge-Lenz vector is a constant of motion for particles acted upon by an inverse-square central force. Hermann was born and died in Basel. He received his initial training from Jacob Bernoulli, who taught of him as his best student and graduated with a degree in 1695. He became a member of the Berlin Academy in 1701. He was appointed to a chair in mathematics in Padua in 1707 (by recommendation of Leibniz) , but moved to Frankfurt an der Oder in 1713, and thence to St. Petersburg in 1724. Finally, he returned to Basel in 1731 to take a chair in ethics and natural law. - "In fact, while in Padua, Hermann lectured on the standard topics of the day, namely classical geometry, mechanics, optics, hydraulics, and gnomonics. However, his work with other scientists was almost entirely devoted to understanding, developing and applying methods in the infinitesimal calculus. It was while he was in Padua that Hermann did most of the work on his most famous book, the Phoronomia, which is a text on mechanics. Although he began writing the book in 1709, it was not published until 1716, three years after he left Italy, and we will delay a discussion of the contents of this important work until a little later in this biography. Hermann worked in mechanics and studied the 'inverse problem' where one has to determine the orbit from a knowledge of the law of force. He proposed the term 'phoronomia' in 1716 for the topic which was sometimes called 'rational mechanics' and is now called 'theoretical mechanics'. This appears in the title of his important book Phoronomia, sive de viribus et motibus corporum solidorum et fluidorum libri duo (1716). Hermann's contribution to dynamics is described in these terms by Guicciardini: 'He belonged to the Basel school headed by the Bernoullis and, sharing their methodology, made important contributions to the analytical treatment of dynamics. However, he also leaned towards Newton and, on many occasions, preferred to deal with dynamical problems in terms of geometry. The Phoronomia ... Is devoted to the dynamics of solid and fluid bodies and covers many problems dealt with by Newton in the first two books of the 'Principia'. In the preface, Hermann declares his intention of adhering to geometrical methods, since these seem to him more suitable for beginners. However, his knowledge of calculus is evident in the way in which he deals with infinitesimals. Hermann's 'Phoronomia' is indeed representative of the process of transition that transformed dynamics in the first decades of the 18th century. (N Guicciardini. An episode in the history of dynamics. Jakob Hermann's proof (1716-1717) of Proposition 1, Book 1, of Newton's Principia, Historia Mathematica 23 (2) (1996) , 167-181). - Another important innovation in Phoronomia is discussed by Middleton: "The beginning of the kinetic theory of gases is usually assigned to the year 1738, when Daniel Bernoulli's 'Hydrodynamica' appeared at Strasbourg. The famous tenth section of this book pursued some of the consequences of the assumption that 'elastic fluids' consist of innumerable tiny particles in rapid motion. (However an) earlier attempt dates from 1716, and is to be found in the 'Phoronomia' of Bernouilli's compatriot Jacob Hermann. .... For us the importance of Hermann's chapter XXIV is that it is, as far as I know, the first attempt to deal mathematically with the relations between heat and motion. The intuition that the speed of the particles must be squared is especially noteworthy, but perhaps not more so than the assumption that their speeds will not all be the same, so that an average must be taken. (W. E. Knowles Middleton, Jacob Hermann and the Kinetic Theory, British Journal for the History of Science 2 (3) (1965) , 247-250). O'Connor & Robertson. - Not in Roberts Trent, not in Tomash; DSB VI, 304/05. - ; 0 35016 
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TABLES DE LA LUNE, Damoiseau De Montfort, Marie-Charles-Theodore, Baron.
15 TABLES DE LA LUNE Damoiseau De Montfort, Marie-Charles-Theodore, Baron.
Paris Bachelier 1828 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Tables de la Lune, formées par la Seule Théorie de l'Attraction, et suivant la Division de la Circonférence en 360 Degrés. Iv, 80 pages, including half-title. Folio, 430x270 mm, contemporary 1/4 black morocco, worn, portion of marbled paper missing from front cover; contents clean. Binding and hinges solid, text tight. This is the Second of 2 sets of lunar tables calculated solely on the theory of universal gravitation; an earlier version was published in 1824. BEA, pages 274-75. Last known copy to come to auction was in 1975. From the GUTZWILLER ASTRONOMY &SCIENCE BOOKS collection. ; 0 35001 
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TABULAE ASTONOMICAE LUDOVICI MAGNI JUSSU ET MUNIFICENTIA EXARATAE ET IN LUCEM EDITAE . . . ADJECTA SUNT DESCRIPTIO, CONSTRUCTIO ET USUS INSTRUMENTORUM ASTRONOMIAE NOVAE PRACTICAE INSEVIENTIUM . . . SECUNDA EDITIO., La Hire, Philippe De
16 TABULAE ASTONOMICAE LUDOVICI MAGNI JUSSU ET MUNIFICENTIA EXARATAE ET IN LUCEM EDITAE . . . ADJECTA SUNT DESCRIPTIO, CONSTRUCTIO ET USUS INSTRUMENTORUM ASTRONOMIAE NOVAE PRACTICAE INSEVIENTIUM . . . SECUNDA EDITIO. La Hire, Philippe De
Paris: Montalant 1727 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
folding plates; Tabulae astronomicae : Ludovici Magni jussu et munificentia exaratae et in lucem editae : in quibus solis, lunae reliquorumque planetarum motus ex ipsis observationibus ... Traduntur ... : adjecta sunt descriptio, constructio & usus instrumentorum astronomiae novae practicae inservientium, variaque problemata astronomis geographisque perutilia : ad meridianum Observatorii Regii Parisiensis in quo habitae sunt observationes ab ipso autore Philippo de La Hire ...4 folding engraved plates. [14], 102, [2], 81, [7] pages. 4to, 256x197 mm, full decoarative modern calf gilt; opening leaves dampstained and foxed, occasional limited browning. DSB VII, 579; Houzeau & Lancaster 12780. ; 4 35035 
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TABULAE LODOICAEAE; SEU, UNIVERSA ECLIPSEON DOCTRINA TABULIS, PRAECEPTIS AC DEMONSTRATIONIBUS EXPLICATA., Billy, Jacques De, S. J.
17 TABULAE LODOICAEAE; SEU, UNIVERSA ECLIPSEON DOCTRINA TABULIS, PRAECEPTIS AC DEMONSTRATIONIBUS EXPLICATA. Billy, Jacques De, S. J.
Dijon Pierre Palliot 1656 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; [16], 186, [2] pages. 4to, 224x169 mm, 19th-century 1/4 calf, rebacked; marginal dampstaining through most of volume, scattered foxing, upper outer corner of title and next 2 leaves torn and restored affecting two letters. Numerous textual illustrations. NOTES: first edition of a collection of eclipse, solar, and lunar tables dedicated to Louis XIV. Solar and lunar tables based on the Paris meridian. BEA, page 125; DSB II, 131; Houzeau & Lancaster 12051.; 0 35032 
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THEORETICAL ASTRONOMY RELATING TO THE MOTIONS OF THE HEAVENLY BODIES., Watson, James Craig.
18 THEORETICAL ASTRONOMY RELATING TO THE MOTIONS OF THE HEAVENLY BODIES. Watson, James Craig.
N Y Lippincott 1868 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
662 pages. 8vo, 255x165 mm, original cloth, spine faded and stained, peripheral discoloration on covers; scattered minor spotting. Small loss tocloth covering towards bottom of front hinge. Hinges, binding and text block quite solid. First edition of the author's major work. 'It established Watson as one of the leading American experts in celestial mechanics and orbital theory' (ANB). BEA, pages 1198-99; Houzeau & Lancaster 11822. PROVENANCE-Astronomy and Science Books from the Collection of Martin C. Gutzwiller. ; 0 35004 
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THEORETICAL ASTRONOMY RELATING TO THE MOTIONS OF THE HEAVENLY BODIES., Watson, James Craig.
19 THEORETICAL ASTRONOMY RELATING TO THE MOTIONS OF THE HEAVENLY BODIES. Watson, James Craig.
Lippincott 1868 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Ex-Library; 662 pages; Rebound in reddish tan cloth. Text block and hinges solid, binding straight. Contents clean. Includes an in-depth analysis of planetary motion and the discovery of new comets. Best known for his imagined celestial body, the planet Vulcan between mars and the sun. It has been thought that sunspots or small planetoids on that area would account for his findings. Tables, charts and appendix. PROVENANCE-Astronomy and Science Books from the Collection of Martin C. Gutzwiller. ; 0 35006 
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TRAITÉ D'ASTRONOMIE THÉORIQUE [CT, PRINTED IN RUSSIAN EMPIRE], Schubert, Friedrich Theodor Von.
20 TRAITÉ D'ASTRONOMIE THÉORIQUE [CT, PRINTED IN RUSSIAN EMPIRE] Schubert, Friedrich Theodor Von.
St Petersbourg, Russia L'Academie Imp. Des Sciences 1822 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Quite beautiful full calf leather.. 10 folding engraved plates. [8], xvi, 286; [4], x, 568; [4], viii, 524 pages, including half-titles. 3 volumes. 4to, 256x214 mm, contemporary calf gilt with Signet Library arms on covers, Volume 3 front cover detached, others covers starting; minor foxing on Volume 1 opening leaves. St. Petersburg: Imprimerie de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences, 1822. First edition in French of Schubert's 1798 Theoretische Astronomie. Houzeau & Lancaster 11811. Paper stamps inside front covers Libraire Alain Brieux, withdrawn. According to Google this was a bookstore of Science and medicine. Printed in Russian Empire under the rule of Alexander I, Tsar of Russia (1801–1825) who ruled during the chaotic time of the Napoleonic Wars. He died without issue and the Decembrist revolt of liberal army officers resulted in his brother Nicholas I being crowned. From the GUTZWILLER ASTRONOMY &SCIENCE BOOKS collection. ; 12 35002 
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