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The Doctrine of The Sphere,

Grounded on the Motion of the Earth, and the Antient Pythagorean or Copernican System of the World. In Two Parts.

Published: London: A. Godbid and J. Playford, 1680

Stock code: 79855

Price: £5,000

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First edition of Flamsteed’s first work, published as part of Jonas Moore’s posthumously published New Systeme of the Mathematicks (1681). The work includes an improved version of Jeremiah Horrocks’s calculations of the motions of the moon, which Flamsteed had helped Horrocks prepare for publication in 1673. This copy bears several interlinear and marginal corrections which may be the author’s own. These interlinear notes correct both textual and numerical errors, and include a few corrections to the tables at end. These small corrections to text, equations or tables are apparently to be distinguished from the more copious marginalia, in a different, somewhat later hand, including mathematical calculations, notes on the calculation of distances, captions on the plates, and marginal references from the text to figures in the plates. The edition itself is rare. The Macclesfield copy, sold at auction in 2004, was also annotated by the author (hammer price £16,000).

Quarto (230 178 mm). Recent quarter brown calf to style, red morocco label, marbled sides. Woodcut initials and headpieces, 6 plates of which 4 are folding, 27 pages of letterpress tables at rear. Contemporary annotations throughout. Some closed tears to plates, the two folding plates between pages 63 and 65 repaired on the versos, sig. E2 torn at lower outer corner, the paper replaced with 4 or 5 words either side of the leaf supplied in photographic facsimile. A good copy.

Bibliography: Wing F1137; Houzeau & Lancaster 12077.

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