1821 Astronomy Explained Upon Sir Isaac Newton's Principles Fine Binding Plates
Astronomy, Explained Upon Sir Isaac Newton's Principles... With Notes, And Supplementary Chapters. By David Brewster
Author: Ferguson, James and David Brewster
Title: Astronomy, Explained Upon Sir Isaac Newton's Principles... With Notes, And Supplementary Chapters. By David Brewster
Publication: Edinburgh: Stirling & Slade, 1821
Description: Leather bound. Three volumes. A mixed set: Two-volume second edition of the text: octavo; , vi, 350; , ii, 334 pages. One-volume first edition of the plates: quarto, entitled Plates Illustrative of Ferguson's Astronomy; and of the Twelve Supplementary Chapters by David Brewster. Edinburgh: John Ballantyne and Company 1811; 8 pages, 25 plates, most folding. At the end of the second text volume are instructions for placing the plates within the text; however, as the illustrations were issued as a separate volume, it is not uncommon to find the plates bound as a third volume, as here.
The separate presentation of the plates allows wonderful double-page spreads of a map of the moon, the orbits of the planets with many moons circling Jupiter and Saturn, and comparative sizes of the planets.
Ferguson's text book on astronomy, first published in 1756, went through a dozen editions before Brewster revised it by adding supplemental chapters, in 1811. Very good.
A very good copy bound in contemporary half leather over tan cloth boards, complete with half titles. Old oval ownership stamps of Peeble's Mechanics Institute in text and within the borders of each plate. The plate volume includes an Arabic numeral 1 plate which is part of the frontispiece per the list of plates; it also has a duplicate Supplement Plate III bound in, giving 26 different plates, plus the duplicate. One plate with loss to most of the lower margin (not affecting image or border), neatly repaired, possibly at an early date, with similar paper. Plates reasonably clean.
A nice three-volume example of a classic astronomy textbook in an attractive contemporary binding.