Sale: 521 / Rare Books, Nov. 29. 2021 in Hamburg Lot 39


Leonhard Euler
Theoria motuum lunae, 1772.
Estimate: € 2,000 / $ 2,320
Lunar theory

Leonhard Euler
Theoria motuum lunae, nova methodo per tractata una cum tabulis astronomicis, unde ad quodvis tempus loca lunae expedite computari possunt. St. Petersburg, Academia Imperialis Scientiarum 1772.

- Erste Ausgabe
- Eulers zweite Mondtheorie
- Mit den bekannten Mondtafeln
- Breitrandiges und unbeschnittenes Exemplar

"Ein Meisterwerk ersten Ranges!" (Moritz Cantor)

"From 1770 to 1772 Euler elaborated his second theory of lunar motion .. but the scientists assisting Euler were not mere secretaries; he discussed the general scheme of the work with them, and they developed his ideas, calculated tables, and sometimes compiled examples. The enormous Theoria muotuum lunae .. was thus completed with the help of Johann Albert Euler, Krafft, and Lexell - all of whom are credited on the title-page." (DSB)

Einband: Interims-Pappband d. Zt. 28 : 22,5 cm. - ILLUSTRATION: Mit 1 gefalteten Kupfertafel. - KOLLATION: 8 Bll., 775 S. - ZUSTAND: Obere Ecken tls. mit leichter Stauchspur. Buchblock gelöst, Deckel etw. fleckig und bestoßen, Rücken mit neuem Papierbezug. Innen guterhaltenes, unbeschnittenes und tlw. unaufgeschnittenes Exemplar. - PROVENIENZ: Titel verso mit zwei kl. Stempeln, darunter Universitätsbibl. Basel (ausgeschieden, Dublettenstempel auf dem hint. Innendeckel).

LITERATUR: Eneström 418. - Roller/G. I, 375. - DSB IV, 472ff. - ADB VI, 426 (Artikel von M. Cantor).

First edition of Euler's second theory of the lunar motion. "A masterpiece of the first order!" (Moritz Cantor). With 1 folding copperplates. Contemp. interim cardboards (detached). - Upper corners partly with slight crease marks. Bookblock detached, boards slightly stained and bumped, spine with new paper covering. Insided well-preserved, untrimmed and partly unopened copy. - Provenance: 2 small stamps on title verso (University library Basle, small cancellation stamp at rear pastedown).


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