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UNRECORDED ASTRONOMICAL VERSE

[MAZZARA, Louis]. Le systeme planetaire esquisses d'astronomie et de physique.

Londres, [i.e. London]; Paris.. Rolandi, Foreign Bookseller, 20, Berners Street. Audot, Libraire, Rue du Paeon, 1838. Sole edition?.
8vo. 23pp, [1]. Original mauve cloth, lettered in gilt to upper board. The slightest of rubbing and fading, else a fine copy. Slightly foxed internally. Presentation copy, inscribed 'Robert Berkeley Esq. From his ancient Friend the author' in ink to head of title.
A choice presentation copy of an entirely unrecorded work; a survey, presented under nineteen headings in French rhyming couplets, of contemporary astronomical knowledge and theory. Topics dealt with include the sun, various planets, the earth and the moon ('Notre globe, apres elle, emporte dans son cours/Un fanal qui sur lui gravite trente jours', 'Uranus (ou Herschell) et ses six satellites', the revolution of planets, eclipses, comets, stars, 'nebuleuses informes', and the systems of Copernicus, Galileo and Fourrier.

The dedication leaf ('a mes jeunes amis George & Antony Worms') and light-hearted treatment of astronomy suggests that this was likely aimed at a juvenile audience, and is signed 'Ls. Mazzara', presumably Louis Mazzara, Swiss Artist (fl. 1820s- 30s) who published French topographical works relating to Egypt, Alexandria and Malta. He was known for his novel approach to designing panoramas, and clearly a man fully versed in the vagaries of physical science. Indeed, the scientific basis for his approach to panorama is outlined in the introduction to his brief monograph Perspective : explained upon the system of tangenteography, and the effect as produced in the tangenteorama (London, 1834).

Unrecorded by OCLC and COPAC.
£ 1,500.00 Antiquates Ref: 24604