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H[arris] (J[ohn])
Astronomical dialogues between a Gentleman and a Lady wherein the Doctrine of the Sphere, Uses of the Globes and the Elements of Astronomy and Geography are Explained, in a pleasant, easy and familiar way. With a Description of the Famous Instrument called the Orrery.
T. Wood, for Benj. Cowse, 1719. First edition. [1],Title-page, vi, 184 printed pages, 6 engraved plates (4 folding). Contemporary ink signature of Dorothy Hooper and previously crossed out writing on front pastedown endpaper; unnumbered blank preliminary leaf torn with small loss. All edges speckled. 12.5 x 20 cm. Contemporary speckled, panelled calf. Board edges gilt tooled (mildly worn). Spine in six compartments, with five gilt ruled raised bands, two deep brown leather labels with gilt lettering, slightly worn at the foot of the spine; otherwise glowing with three hundred years of natural patination. An Anglican clergyman and fellow of the Royal Society, John Harris (c.1666-1719) was an important promulgator of Newtonian science, through private teaching, public lectures and published writing. Clock makers George Graham and Thomas Tompion built the first modern orrery around 1704 in England. An orrery is a mechanical model of the Solar System that illustrates or predicts the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons, usually according to the heliocentric model. Graham gave the first model, or its design, to the celebrated instrument maker John Rowley of London to make a copy for Prince Eugene of Savoy. Rowley was commissioned to make another copy for his patron Charles Boyle, 4th Earl of Orrery, from which the device took its name in English. ESTC T113347. Two copies located in the UK at the Britiah Library & Wellcome Library. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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