Philadelphia: Kimber & Sharpless, 1822. First edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. (ix) 357pp. 98pp.  + 7 fold-out plates. Original period brown mottled leather. Red label, gilt lettering and ruling on the spine. This educational and informative work provides a basis of the study of astronomy, in the state it was known at the time. While being stated to be introductory, the the book is nevertheless technically minded, and geared to science students, including tables and mathematical equations throughout the text. The second section, with 98 pages of separate pagination, is comprised of copious astronomical tables. The final section includes 7 fold-out plates engraved by Young & Delleker.
Binding with some bumping and rubbing to extremities. Light scratches and abrasions to the covers. Some minor cracking to the leather along the spine. Some staining to the edges of the book block. Interior with staining and the name of a previous owner on the title page, in period ink. Foxing and water stains throughout the text and plates. Plate #2 is ripped in half but present. Binding in good, interior in good- condition overall. g- to g. Item #45926
John Gummere (1784-1845) was an American astronomer and one of the founders of Haverford College. He built the first observatory at Haverford College in 1834.