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  • The Use of the Globes [Astronomy] – W. Newton – 1854

    The Use of the Globes [Astronomy] – W. Newton – 1854

    The Use of the Globes with a Familiar Introduction to the Science of Astronomy illustrated with Numerous Diagrams.

    Published by W.E. and F. Newton, Fleet Street 1854.

    Scarce despite fourth edition, small octavo, 145 pages plus index. Original green cloth covered binding with decorative blind stamping and delightful gilt design to front, gilt title to spine. Very good condition, albeit gift inscription, ownership and date to top of Chapter 1 and a faded ink blemish on the front board.

    Based on a series of lectures given by the author before several scientific Institutions in London. After some introductory matters the book deals with … the Configuration of the Stars and the Constellations; the Solar System (to Uranus or Georgium Sidus as Neptune and Pluto were still to be found and in the case of Pluto lost again); Planetary Motion; Eclipse of the Sun and Moon; the Tides; the Fixed Stars; the Lines and Projections of the Sphere; the Use of Artificial Globes. This is followed by 34 Problems with their solutions often by reference to the artificial globes.

    The author William Edward Newton (1718-1879) was the son of John Newton (1759-1844) who initially through the father then son ran London’s most distinguished globe making business … appointed to Queen Victoria.

    Astronomical Curiosity by William Newton London’s distinguished Globe Maker

    $160.00

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  • Au Clair de la Lune – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir – Georges Lepape – 1913

    Au Clair de la Lune – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir – Georges Lepape – 1913

    A beautiful hand coloured “Pochoire” by the great George Lepape (1867-1971) for the Paris Gazette du Bon Ton, an early one published in July 1913.

    One of the more exotic examples in the whole collection. Au Clair de la Lune … “in the Moonlight” with stunning colours. A coat by designer Paul Poiert (1879-1944) …. Beautiful silk with coloured embroidery lined with contrasting satin … and an unusual moon.

    The ultimate in fashion print from a perfect era.

    Price $160.00 unframed or $290.00 framed in Voyager Bon Ton style.

    George Lepape in a class of his own with “La Lune”

    $160.00

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  • Journal of a Voyage to the South-Seas [One of the Anson’s Voyage Cornerstone Books} – Pascoe Thomas

    Journal of a Voyage to the South-Seas [One of the Anson’s Voyage Cornerstone Books} – Pascoe Thomas

    This is a great example of the Israel Facsimile Voyages published in Amsterdam in 1971. The original account from which this faithful copy was made was published by Birt, Newbery et al London in 1745.

    Octavo, Following a Preface and a very lengthy list of subscribers, 347 pages plus various very useful appendices. Fine condition.

    Pascoe Thomas described himself a “teacher of the Mathematicks on board the Centurion”.

    The Title Page contain a nice precis of the volume … “A True and Impartial Journal of a Voyage to the South-Seas, and Round the Globe, in His Majesty’s Ship the Centurion, Under the Command of Commodore George Anson. WHERINH … All the material Incidents during the said Voyage, from its Commencement in 1770 to the Conclusion in 1744, are fully and faithfully related, having been committed to Paper at the Time they happen’d. Together with some historical Accounts of Chili, Peru, Mexico, and the Empire of China; exact Descriptions of such Places of Note as were touch’d at; and Variety of occasional Remarks. To which is added … A large and general Table of Longitudes and Latitudes, ascertain’d from accurate Observations, or (where these are wanting) from the best printed Books and Manuscripts taken from the Spaniards in this Expedition: Also the Variations of the Compass throughout the Voyage, and the Soundings and depths of water along the different Coasts: And lastly, several curious Observations on a Comet seen in the South-Seas on the Coast of Mexico.

    So there we have it … except we also have an appendix which tabulates the massive amounts of gold Anson accumulated from his exploits. This is the only account of the voyage to contain that detail.

    Pascoe Thomas .. completes the Anson story

    $80.00

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  • The Bridgewater Treatises: Including Rev William Buckland on Geology and Mineralogy, Charles Bell on the Hand, Whewell on Astronomy etc – Finely Bound – (1833-1845)

    The Bridgewater Treatises: Including Rev William Buckland on Geology and Mineralogy, Charles Bell on the Hand, Whewell on Astronomy etc – Finely Bound – (1833-1845)

    Eight works in 11 volumes, published in London by William Pickering, mixed editions various dates 1833 – 1845.

    Bound in full contemporary polished calf, boards gilt ruled, the spines with gilt lined raised bands, altered direct and dated at the foot of spine. Very good copies with an occasional mark externally and a faint damp stain to the uncoloured geology plates, outer corner. The famous massive folding coloured plate is in fine condition. Each volume carries the bookplate of Maximillian Dudley Digges Dalison.

    Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgwater, a gentleman naturalist and scientist, commissioned the Bridgewater Treatises to be written on his death bed. He died in February 1829. Eight thousand pounds was given to the President of the Royal Society for this purpose. In turn the President appointed leading authorities in key fields to write works with reference to Natural Theology.

    The Voyager Treatise comprise Thomas Chalmers – The Adaption of External Nature to the Moral and Intellectual Condition of Man; John Kidd – The Adaption of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man; William Whewell – Astronomy and General Physics; Sir Charles Bell – The Hand, Its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design; Peter Mark Roget – Animals and Vegetable Physiology; William Buckland’s – Geology and Mineralogy; William Kirby – On the History, Habits and Instincts of Animals and William Prout – Chemistry, Meteorology and the Function of Digestion.

    The ninth and final Bridgewater Treatise – Charles Babbage – A Fragment is not included in the run.

    Many of the volumes stand alone as important works … Sir Charles Bell on the Hand, Astronomy by Whewell etc. It is the Rev Buckland that produced a truly remarkable work in the field of Geology. The second of two volumes contains all the 87 plates required all finely engraved and the large folding hand coloured plate is something very special.

    Rev William Buckland (1784-1856) was an exceptional individual – a Fellow of the Royal Society, President of the Royal Geological Society. His interest in geology and palaeontology led him to write the first full account of a fossil dinosaur which he named Megalosarurus. He discovered the Kirkdale cave and concluded that it had been a prehistoric hyena den – for which he was awarded the Copley Medal by the Royal Society. This work was written just prior to his awakening that certain geological structures and fossil remains were a result of glaciation and not the effect of floodwaters from the great deluge. Buckland was a friend of a young Charles Darwin – there must have been some very interesting conversations.

    Important Georgian/ Early Victorian intellectual works by leading academics of the day

    $890.00

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  • Harmonia Macrocosmica – Andrea Cellarius – A Fine Facsimile by Taschen

    Harmonia Macrocosmica – Andrea Cellarius – A Fine Facsimile by Taschen

    Simple as this … there is no more beautiful book ever produced and this stunning facsimile by Taschen does it proud. “The Finest Atlas of the Heavens” originally issued in 1660.

    An Elephant folio, 235 pages, 53cm by 33cm a quality production. Pictorial paper covered heavy boards, with quarter velvet covered spine with gilt embossed titles. An introduction and text by Cellarius expert Robert Van Gent, directed and produced by Benedikt Taschen.

    This collection of celestial maps by Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (1596-1665) brings back to life a masterpiece from the Golden Age of celestial cartography. Complete with 29 double-folio maps and many other single page and smaller illustrations.

    We have shown quite a few and wish we could have shown them all. We also wish we had better lighting but you will get the idea!

    The plates depict the systems of Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus and Tycho Brahe … the motions of the sun, moon and planets and the setting out of the constellations. Superbly embellished with cherubs, astronomers, astronomical instruments etc. of the period … really the most spectacular illustrations in the history of astronomy.

    Robert van Gent in his introduction provides a history of celestial cartography from antiquity to the 17th Century and illuminates the life of Andreas Cellarius. He goes on to put the atlas in context and describe its content in detail.

    Appendices provide a list of constellations with short descriptions of their origin and mythology, a list of star names and glossary of terms.

    The size and weight of this book is such that a further postage supplement may be required dependent on your location. We will try out best to keep costs reasonable .. we always take great care in packing.

    Surely the world’s most beautiful book

    $290.00

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  • Original PhD Thesis – Chaos in Binary Star Systems – Dr Rosemary Anne Mardling – 1991 (With Special Notes)

    Original PhD Thesis – Chaos in Binary Star Systems – Dr Rosemary Anne Mardling – 1991 (With Special Notes)

    Original Thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy – Monash University – 1991.

    Signed by Mardling with separate review notes of examiners Professor Tremaine and Dr Papaloizou and a manuscript note by the author contesting some of the criticism.

    A very good production, well bound in academic blue cloth covered boards, end papers, headbands, gilt titling to spine. Fine condition. This copy given to Kevin, who would be Professor Kevin Westfold (1921 – 2001) distinguished Australian astronomer. The Monash observatory carries his name and that of Hutton.

    Dr Rosemary Mardling is now an accomplished astrophysicist who divides her time between her alma mater Monash and Geneva University. A key element of her studies is the gravitational interactions between planets and the ways planets form. She is an “occasional” planet hunter at the European Southern Observatory in la Silla, Chile. Who says there’s no fun in Science?

    Whilst this work represents the highest level of theoretical mathematics for its period, as history buffs, we love the opening reference to Roche, Darwin (Not Charles) and Chandrasekhar . The French astronomer, Eduard Roche (1820-1883) was the first to study and model binary systems back in 1850. His work included the formulation or “discovery” of the Roche limit a fundamental principle still part of the fabric of astronomical studies of chaos, planetary formation etc and one easily understood!. Sir George Howard Darwin (barrister turned astronomer) progressed thinking further in the late Victorian era, with giant steps being taken by Nobel Prize winning Subrahmanyon Chandrasekhar (1910-1995) whilst he was at Cambridge (Cambridge again).

    The Thesis flows as follows … Binary System of Point mass and Polytrope – First Order Analysis (Equations of motion, scaling, perturbation analysis, energy, angular momentum, distortion, circular and elliptical orbits) and the Second Order Analysis with Modified Lindstedt-Poincare and comparisons; Binary System of Two Polytropes; Lyapunov Exponents and continuous mappings and conservative systems; Lyapunov Exponents for First Order Point Mass-Polytype System and Hamiltonian Canonical Form. Various appendices and references expected of the standard.

    Worth saying something about the distinguished reviewers. Scott Duncan Tremaine is Canadian and is regarded as in the top hand full of astrophysics world-wide. He coined the term “Kuiper belt” and predicated that the Saturn F ring was formed by two shepherding mini moons (later proven) and the same for the thin rings of Neptune … his co-written book Galactic Dynamics is the “go to text” and has been quoted so far in over 3,000 published research papers. Professor John Papaloizou (then Doctor) is at Cambridge (there you go again) were he specialises in accretion disks in particular regarding planetary formation. He discovered the Papaloiizou-Pringle instability. Both of Mardling’s reviewers have asteroids named after them and given their credentials she must have been either thrilled or in fear.

    Top Class Astro Thesis by continuing senior authority Dr Mardling with intriguing leading examiners review notes and a scientifically intimate manuscript note to Professor Westfold by the author regarding her concerns.

    $240.00

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