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"A description and use of the globes; to which is prefixed, a copious alphabetical explanation of terms, and an introduction to astronomy"
"printed for the author, and sold by Messrs. Simpkin and Marshall [and] Messrs. Newton and Berry, globemakers, n.d." London: "printed for the author, and sold by Messrs. Simpkin and Marshall [and] Messrs. Newton and Berry, globemakers, n.d.". [ca. 1830]. "First and likely only edition, 12mo, pp. [4], 335, [1]; 3 engraved folding plates; tables and diagrams in the text; contemporary full polished tan calf, gilt border on covers, black morocco label on gilt- decorated spine; extremities rubbed, joints starting but the binding remains sound; a good copy or better.& & The Preface is dated ""Kensington, June 1, 1830"". The lexicon of terms occupies better than half the book.& & Thomas Whiting was the Master of Keppel House Academy -- or Keppel House Seminary -- which was near Brompton, London. He was also a writer of several popular astronomical and mathematical works, notably The London gentleman's and schoolmaster's assistant (1787); Mathematical, Geometrical, and Philosophical Delights (1798), and A Comprehensive System of Astronomy, both Theoretic and Practical, etc. (1828).& & Interestingly, Whiting wrote his book such as to be useable in conjunction with globes made by the firm Newton and Berry. In his preface Whiting says the ""most modern"" globes are those of Newton and Berry, and the firm appears even in the imprint on the title page as one of the sellers of Whiting's book. Dahl and Gauvin's book Sphaerae Mundi: Early Globes at the Stewart Museum (2000) states the Newton family, ""along with the Cary family, were the most important globe makers in the England in the nineteenth century"" (p. 100).& & But what's this? This book appears to be totally unrecorded. Not found in ESTC, COPAK, OCLC, NUC, or KVK. "
      [Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books]
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