The Young Gentleman and Lady's Astronomy, Familiarly Explained in Ten Dialogues Between Neander and Eudosia. To which is added, The Description and Use of the Globes and Armillary Sphere.
by FERGUSON, James (1710-1776).
Dublin:: James Williams, 1778., 1778. 8vo. [iv], 247, , 112 [p. 112 misprinted as 111],  pp. 8 folding copper plates, erratum, ads. Original full calf, red leather gilt-stamped spine label; scuffed, joint head mended. Armorial bookplate of John James Lecky, early ownership inscriptions of Elizabeth Goff. Very good. Sixth edition. Ferguson was a Scottish astronomer, one of the few truly pioneering autodidacts in the field. Born to a large poor family, Ferguson taught himself to read and was taught writing from his father. He had no formal education beyond 3 months at grammar school in Keith. "[Ferguson's} forte was popularization, and his confessedly weak mathematical background stood him in good stead in writing books for the lay public, particularly his classic Young Gentleman's and Lady's Astronomy (1768). . .His models of the planetary system were classics of engineering design whose accuracy far surpassed anything previously available. Several of his books were used in British grammar schools as late as the 1840's." – DSB IV, p. 565. PROVENANCE: John James Lecky (1799-1878), his armorial bookplate with the boar's head, of Ballykealey. His father, John Leckey, esq., married in 1780 Elizabeth Goff (1762-1841).
(Inventory #: RW1397)
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