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Auction 183, Lot 34

"An Introduction to the True Astronomy: or, Astronomical School of the University of Oxford",

Subject: Moon, Astronomy

Period: 1721 (published)


Color: Black & White

5.1 x 8 inches
13 x 20.3 cm
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This is the first English edition of John Keill's lectures on astronomy and its history, translated from the 1718 Latin edition (Introductio ad Veram Astronomiam). Keill (1671-1721) was a Scottish mathematician and philosopher who was a vocal proponent of Isaac Newton and his theories. This volume includes two engravings by John Senex of each side of the moon, each measuring approximately 7x7", as well as 26 folding engraved plates featuring various astronomical diagrams.

8vo; dedication, preface, 396 pp., index, and 28 engraved folding plates. Professionally rebound with original blindstamped calf covers and new leather spine with raised bands, red leather label with gilt titling, and blindstamped decorations.



The engravings of the moon are in excellent (A) condition. The remaining astronomical engravings range in condition from near fine (A) to very good (B+) with light foxing and toning. There is some light dampstaining along the fore-edges of the first 25 pages of the volume. There is an engraved bookplate from a previous owner on the front pastedown. The covers are in very good condition (B+) and show light wear with bumped corners.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $650

Closed on 6/9/2021