Lectures On Select Subjects in Mechanics (1839)
Author: James Ferguson
Book ID: 61931
Lectures on Select Subjects in Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Pneumatics, Optics, and Astronomy. A New & Improved Edition. Adapted to the Present State of Science, by C.F. Partington. London: Thomas Tegg, 1839. Pp xlvii, 463. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait, ten plates & numerous text drawings throughout contents. Bound by George Bellew (famous Dublin binder) in full crimson morocco, boards with floral roll in blind & gilt to margins, spine ruled in gilt with shamrock motif to tail; all edges gilt. College Prize bookplate to front pastedown. Covers lightly worn along edges, water staining to margins of frontispiece and several plates, otherwise contents clean & bright. A handsome copy in collectable Dublin binding.
First published in 1760 with the Partington edition appearing in 1825. The work consists of the reprinting of a series of lectures on the areas outlined in the title, containing a broad overview of the state of many branches of science in the middle of the 18th century. James Ferguson was a noted Scottish astronomer who helped popularize Newton’s astronomical work.