Methodum Peculiarem Elevationem Poli determinandi. Explicat simulque Praelectiones suas Proximo Semestri habendas. Carl Friedrich GAUSS.

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Methodum Peculiarem Elevationem Poli determinandi. Explicat simulque Praelectiones suas Proximo Semestri habendas...

19 pp. Small 4to, orig. slick turquoise wrappers (minor foxing). Göttingen: J.C. Baier, 1808.

First edition, and a fine copy, from Gauss’s own library, bearing the stamp “Gauss-Bibliothek” on title. This is one of his earliest and most important contributions to observational astronomy and geodesy. In it, Gauss explains his methods of re-determining the latitude of the Göttingen Observatory, an essential task for successful observations. Gauss’s “preoccupation with geodesy was in fact one of the most scientifically creative of Gauss’s long career.”–D.S.B., V, p. 303.

Fine copy and rare. With the stamp of the Royal Observatory at Göttingen on upper cover (with release stamp on front paste-down endpaper) and title.

❧ Poggendorff, I, 854-57.

Price: $9,500.00

Item ID: 3370

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