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FERGUSON, James. Lectures on select subjects in mechanics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, and optics: with The Use of Globes, The Art of Dialing, and The Calculation of the Mean Times of New and Full Moons and Eclipses.

London. Printed for A. Millar, 1760. First edition.
8vo. [8], 417pp, [7]. With 23 engraved plates. Contemporary calf, recently rebacked, preserving contemporary contrasting red morocco lettering-piece. Heavily rubbed. Endpapers chipped and browned, recent book-label of Erwin Tomash to FEP, contemporary inked ownership inscription to title page, scattered foxing.
The first edition of natural philosopher and inventor of scientific instruments James Ferguson's (1710-1776) collected lectures, designed to appeal to a non-specialist but educated readership. The popularity of the work ensured that it continued to be reprinted and revised well into the nineteenth-century.

From the recently dispersed library of Erwin Tomash (1921-2012), American engineer recognised for his early pioneering work with computer equipment peripherals. His library consisted of over 3,000 books and manuscripts relevant to the history of computation, from medieval and renaissance works on arithmetic, finger-reckoning and the abacus, to the birth in the twentieth century of theoretical and practical computer science under Alan Turing.
ESTC T53455, Tomash F39.
£ 325.00 Antiquates Ref: 22407