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Keill, John
Introductio at Veram Astronomiam, seu lectiones astronomicae habitae in Schola Astronomica Academiae Oxoniensis.
E Theatro Sheldoniano, Oxoniae [Oxford], 1718. FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. [viii], xv, [i], 495, [1] + 2 folding plates. Numerous woodcut diagrams within the text. Contemporary dark calf, panelled in blind, edges sprinkled red. Toned, some spotting. Sometime rebacked in morocco, no front flyleaf, hinges neatly relined. Booklabel of Calgarth Park (see below) to front pastedown, occasional substantial annotations in pencil and ink. The first publication of these introductory lectures on astronomy by the Scottish mathematician and disciple of Newton John Keill (1671-1721). Keill went from Edinburgh University to Balliol College, then on to become Savilian Professor of Astronomy, in which capacity he gave these lectures; they were translated into English in 1721. This copy belonged to Richard Watson (1737-1816), Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Watson had studied mathematics, and 'knew nothing at all of Chemistry, had never read a syllable on the subject; nor seen a single experiment in it; but [he] was tired with mathematics and natural philosophy' (Anecdotes, 28?9, quot. in ODNB), and so he became Professor of Chemistry in 1764. He moved on later to the regius chair of divinity (for which he was equally untrained), further attaining from political influence the bishopric of Llandaff, a sinecure for which he did little. An inheritance from a friend allowed him to purchase the estate of Calgarth, near Windermere, where he built Calgarth Park, and he was more involved in Lake District life, sparring with Wordsworth in print and corresponding with Coleridge. This parti … [Click Below for Full Description]
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