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DELAMBRE, JEAN-BAPTISTE-JOSEPH. Astronomie Théorique et Pratique. 29 folding engraved plates. lxiv, 586; , 622, ; , 720 pages, including half-titles, and errata leaf in Volume 2. 3 volumes. 4to, 257x192 mm, mid-19th-century 1/2 black morocco gilt, spine ends and raised bands rubbed; dampstain in blank lower outer corner of plates in Volume 2, outer margin of a few plates trimmed near rule border, contents otherwise clean. Small booklabel of D. Van Nostrand, Publisher & Importer of Scientific Books, on half-titles. handsome set. Paris: widow Courcier, 1814
first edition of Delambre's most important astronomical work, 'which presented the best summary of its subject to date and replaced the previous text authored by his teacher, Lalande. Delambre's Astronomy became the text from which this science was studied by the following generation of French astronomers and others throughout Europe'—BEA, pages 286-87. DSB IV, 16; Houzeau & Lancaster 9274. bound at end of first volume: Bond, George Phillips. An Account of Donati's Comet of 1858 . . . Extracted from the Mathematical Monthly. 2 engraved plates; 21 text woodcuts. , 33 pages. Original wrappers bound in. Cambridge: John Bartlett, 1858. DSB III, 284.