Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown. Very Good. 1839. First Edition. Hardcover. 168 pages,  leaves of plates - portraits of Nathaniel Bowditch and Mary Bowditch. Presentation copy to Frederick Parker of the Law School at Cambridge, with the respects of the Author. Boston, Sept. 5, 1840. Printed boards, rebacked spine. Published in Volume IV of Bowditch's translation of LaPlace's Mécanique céleste. "Of the Mécanique Céleste only five hundred copies have been printed, the greater part of which will probably remain unsold for several years, as, from the nature of its subject, it must necessarily find but few readers, besides that it is contained in four large and expensive quarto volumes. The author has, therefore, caused to be 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 life and character". Water stains to leaves, wear to tips. Foxing to initial leaves.; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 168pp. pages; Signed by Author . (Inventory #: 2003)
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