Rare contemporary account of John Harrison's achievements.
21-page article in a complete volume of The Annual Register, or View of the History, Politics, and Literature, for the Year 1765. Original quarter leather binding with marbled boards. The article on Harrison runs from pages 113 to 133. 2nd edition, London, 1778.
About as accurate and unbiased account of John Harrison's work on his chronometers as could be expected, including Harrison's conciliatory letter, in full, as sent to the Board of Longitude on 18th July 1765. A wonderfully interesting and rare account, without which it would be impossible to fully understand how Harrison and his work was seen at the time. This volume also includes an obituary of James Bradley, Astronomer Royal from 1742 to 1762.
The Annual Register... is a noted and long established reference work which has been published every year since 1758. It records and attempts to analyse the year’s major events, developments and trends throughout the world, and was originally printed for James Dodsley, Pall Mall, being under the editorship of Edmund Burke.
Front joint cracked but still tight and boards showing some age. Otherwise a very good copy in sound and tight condition.
Warning: Last items in stock!