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Bowditch's translation of Mécanique Céleste Volume IV  

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Mécanique Céleste Volume IV

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Isaac R. Butts, Charles C. Little and James Brown



168 pages. Translated and with commentary by Nathaniel Ingersoll Bowditch. Two portraits. 4to, original printed boards (rebacked with a tan linen spine. First Separate Edition.

A separately issued memoir of Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838) by his son, Nathaniel Ingersoll Bowditch, written as the introduction to the fourth and final volume of the elder Bowditch’s translation of La Place’s Mécanique Céleste, (published over a ten-year span, 1829-1839). The younger Bowditch, one of the most prominent American scientists of his time, had “printed a small extra edition of the Memoir, chiefly with the view of presenting it to such individuals as he believed would feel an interest in the account which he has given of his father’s life and career.” At the end of this prefatory note is printed “This copy is presented to” below which is written in this copy “Rev. Dr. Emerson / with the respects of / The Author / Boston July 18, 1839.”  The inscription is repeated, in a somewhat shorter form, on the front board. 

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Bookplate of the Essex Institute on the front paste-down, with their small "Released 1967" stamp; and with their small ink stamp below the imprint on the title-page. Boards a little worn; some foxing; very good.

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