Rare First Edition of Edmond Halley's Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets
Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets.
Item Number: 70038
London: Printed for William Innys, 1752.
First edition in English of Halley’s classic work. Quarto, bound in contemporary full calf, gilt titles to the spine, gilt embossed stamp of The Society of Writers to the Signet on the front and rear panel, copper-engraved frontispiece portrait. Edited by John Bevis. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear.
Astronomical Tables contains Halley's discovery of the secular inequality in the moon's mean motion and of the long inequality of Jupiter and Saturn, also a reprint of his famous Synopsis Astronomiae Cometicae which founded the modern science of astronomy and comets, and in which Halley identified the comets of 1531, 1607, and 1692 ("Halley's Comet") as one and the same.