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A Compendium of Astronomy; Intended to Simplify and Illustrate the Principles of the Science, and Give a Concise View of the Motions and Aspects of the Great Heavenly Luminaries Adapted to the Use of Common Schools, as well as Higher Seminaries.

Vose, John.-

Published by Windsor, VT. N. C. Goddard and Co. 1836., 1836
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184 pp. Eight folded engraved plates at rear. 12 mo. Black calf spine lettered and ruled in gilt and printed blue paper covered boards. Stereotype Edition. Printed cover indicates a Boston publication by the American Stationers' Company and John B. Russell, while title page gives the Vermont imprint, as above. The author (17661840), Principal of the Pembroke Academy of New Hampshire, was also the author of a larger work on astronomy, A System of Astronomy on the Principles of Copernicus, 1827 (NUC: NV0239906). Only 2 copies of our smaller Compendium are listed including that at Harvard. Vose established a reputation for his publications in astronomy. Sabin lists two published orations delivered in NH by John Vose, A.M., The Phi Beta Kappa Oration at Dartmouth in 1805 and an address to the Rockingham Agricultural Society in1813. The plates are superb, beginning with a view of the universe according to Ptolemy, according to Tycho Brahe and according to Copernicaus. There follow illustrations of the solar system, the moon, eclipses, several planets and various constellations and nebulae. A lovely added feature is that our volume is signed in ink calligraphically on a contemporary book plate applied to the front pastedown, "Eliza Hull Lord," (181640), allegedly a schoolteacher. The verso of front free end paper identifies her venue as Bangor, ME. Wear at ends and edges of spine with some loss of leather, chiefly at front hinge. Mild foxing. Else, Very Good. NUC: NV 0239902. Sabin 100779,100780 (for lectures by Vose). AmImp 42289 (the Boston imprint for 1836). Bookseller Inventory # 9556

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Title: A Compendium of Astronomy; Intended to ...

Publisher: Windsor, VT. N. C. Goddard and Co. 1836.

Publication Date: 1836

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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