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"Lectures on select subjects in mechanics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, and optics. With the use of globes, the art of dialing, and the calculation of the mean times of new and full moons and eclipses."
London: printed for A. Millar, 1764. London: printed for A. Millar. 1764. "First edition, 4to, pp. vii, [1], 252, [4]; 23 folding engraved plates; bound with: A Supplement to Mr. Ferguson's Book of Lectures ... containing thirteen copper-plates, with descriptions, of the machinery which he has added to his apparatus, since that book was printed, London, A. Millar, 1767, pp. 40; 13 folding engraved plates; contemporary full calf, red morocco label on gilt-decorated spine; joints cracked, corners worn and peeling, boards scuffed; externally good; internally about fine. Only 8 copies of the supplement in OCLC. ""Ferguson (1710-1776) was ""almost totally self-taught. [He] became fascinated with mechanics as a small child when he observed his father using a lever. A talented artist, for many years he earned his living as a portraitist. In later years he was able to devote himself to science, delivering popular lectures on science, and designing instruments. He invented eight orreries, a tide-dial, a 'whirling table' for displaying the mode of central forces, the 'mechanical paradox' and various kinds of astronomical clocks, stellar and lunar rotulas, as well as his 'seasons illustrator' and the 'eclipsareon' of which he was very proud..."" (Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechinaca, p. 114-5). ""His models of the planetary system were classics of engineering design whose accuracy far surpassed anything previously available"" (DSB)."
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