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Publisher: Printed by A. Godbid and J. Playford, for Robert Scott,
Description:First edition of Moore's principal work, incorporating one of...First edition of Moore's principal work, incorporating one of the three main works of his protege, John Flamsteed, and a treatise on geography by Edmund Halley illustrated with 61 maps including nine of America. Moore himself wrote the first section of volume I, which covers arithmetic and algebra, practical geometry, trigonometry and cosmology, including 6 finely engraved star charts. It seems likely that Flamsteed was involved with these – his own star atlas was not published until 1729. This is followed by a long chapter on navigation, which Moore had intended to write, but which could not be found at his death and so was contributed by his pupil Peter Perkins. Volume I also contains Perkins' Arithmetick, with a title page dated 1680 (Wing P 1558B). This contains, with separate titles, ‘The first six books of Euclid's elements'; ‘The eleventh and twelfth books of Euclid's elements'; and ‘The doctrine of surds'. The Euclid plates have attractive marine views engraved at the bottom. Then comes Flamsteed's Doctrine of the sphere, grounded on the motion of the earth and the antient Pythagorean or Copernican system of the world, which has a separate title page dated 1680 (Wing F 1137). It contains Flamsteed's important lunar theory and his very accurate solar tables (see DSB V 24). He introduces his method of calculating parallaxes invented in 1676, acknowledging that this was also simultaneously discovered by Wren and ‘our southern Tycho Mr Edmund Halley'. Halley himself contributed A New Geography, with maps to each country, and tables of longitude and latitude in Vol. II, with a title page dated 1681 (Wing M 2578), in which several parts of America are described. The first part of Vol. II is an extensive set of astronomical, logarithmic, trigonometric and other tables, with instructions for their use. Left unfinished at Moore's death in 1679, the work was completed by Flamsteed and Perkins and edited by his sons-in-law William Hanway and John Potenger. Issued in lavish style, the work was priced at 35s, “an exceptionally high figure” according to Taylor, especially since it was intended for the Royal Mathematical School at Christ's Hospital (of which Perkins was master). The original purpose of the School was to train mathematicians and navigators for careers as naval officers or merchant seafarers, and the engravings in the work reflect this: they include depictions of the forestaff, quadrant, astrolabe, semi-cross, plough, bow, Davis' quadrant, nocturnal and azimuth compass, and specimens for the use of the traverse-board and of a correctly kept journal. Jonas Moore made his reputation as a surveyor for the Duke of Bedford in his fen-drainage schemes. In 1663 he was appointed surveyor-general to the Royal Ordnance and thereafter resided in the Tower, enjoying high Royal favour, ‘which he turned to account for rescuing scientific merit from neglect' (DNB). In 1674 he invited Flamsteed to London, intending to install him in an observatory in the Tower, but in 1675 procured for him the foundation of the Royal Observatory. It is only recently that the role of Jonas Moore and the Royal Ordnance in the scientific revolution has begun to receive due attention. Rare: only three complete copies have sold at auction in the last 30 years. Adams & Waters 2557; Crone 295-96; Houzeau & Lancaster 8796; Sabin 50415; Taylor, Mathematical Practitioners 413; Wing M-2579. Eight parts in two volumes. 4to: 230 x 180 mm. Contemporary mottled calf, boards ruled in blind, red speckled edges, both volumes with old and well done rebacking. A little browned in some places and some light spotting, in all a fine set. Volume I: engraved title, letterpress title printed in red and black, pp. , 288 (correction slip pasted on p.185, the gathering p.153-160 insterted twice, pages 274-275 mispaginated 270-271); (2: title for Doctrine of the Sphere), [X], 104; (2: title for Arithmetick in Species or Algebra), 161, (1: blank...
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