LETTER TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE GEORGE EARL OF MACCLESFIELD CONCERNING AN APPARENT MOTIONI OBSERVED IN SOME OF THE FIXED STARS. James Bradley.

LETTER TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE GEORGE EARL OF MACCLESFIELD CONCERNING AN APPARENT MOTIONI OBSERVED IN SOME OF THE FIXED STARS.

  • (London, England: The Royal Society, 1748).
  • 8vo.
  • disbound, all edges uncut
  • 48 pages

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DNB IOI, 1074-9. First printing of Bradley's "great discovery" of the oscillation of the earth's axis due to the gravitational pull of the moon. From the private library of Dr. Elliott and Eileen Hinkes. Bradley (1693-1762) held the title of Astronomer Royal. In 1748, he presented his findings in a long letter to his patron, the Earl of Macclesfield, which was read at a meeting of the Royal Society on February 14, 1747. Also includes a letter to Martin Folkes from James Parsons with observations on shell fish read at the Society's meeting January 21, 1747. Disbound from Philosophical Transactions, (XLV, 1). Tanning and light soiling at edges of text.