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THE ELEMENTS OF ASTRONOMY,
Caille, M. [Nicolas Louis de la].

THE ELEMENTS OF ASTRONOMY,

Deduced from Observations; And Demonstrated upon the Mathematical Principles of the Newtonian Philosophy: With Practical Rules whereby the Principal Phenomena are determined. To which is annexed, A Treatise of Projection in general. Designed for Students in Universities The whole Translated from the French of ... By John Robertson. With Additions and Corrections communicated by the Author. Printed for J. Nourse ... 1750.
1st English Ed. xii + 390pp. + [ii]. 10 folding plates (one chipped to fore-edge). Without front f.e.p., early inscriptions to pastedown, sporadic stain to head of leaves at front and rear, some browning, contemporary calf, some wear, remains of chipped title label to rubbed spine with loss across head. ESTC T111686. First published in French in 1746. Abbé Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille (1713–1762) French astronomer who named 14 out of the 88 constellations. From 1750-1754 he studied the sky at the Cape of Good Hope in present day South Africa. Lacaille observed over 10,000 stars using just a half-inch refractor.
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