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CHAUVENET, William A Manual of Spherical andPractical Astronomy. Embracing the General Problems of SphericalAstronomy, the Special Applications to Nautical Astronomy, and the Theoryand Use of Fixed and Portable Astronomical Instruments. With an Appendixon the Method of Least Quares. 2 volumes, 1: Spherical Astronomy, 2:Theory and Use of Astronomical Instruments. Method of Least Quares.
Philadelphia. J.B. Lippincott & Co., & London, Trubner & Co. 1864.
25.5cm, sm4to., 2nd edition, revised and corrected, 708 & 632pp., +15diagram plates (inc. 3 folding), in the original diamond grain plumbcloth, spines slightly faded, gilt spine titles clear, library discardstamps on the title pages, armorial bookplates, a very good to fine soundset (cgc) - William CHAUVENET,(1820-1870), an American mathematician,born in Milford, Pennsylvania. He graduated at Yale in 1840. In 1841 hewas appointed professor of mathematics in the navy, and a year latersucceeded to the chair of mathematics at the naval in Philadelphia. Hewas very active in the movement that led to the establishment of theUnited States naval academy at Annapolis. At first he was professor ofmathematics and astronomy there, and later of astronomy, navigation, andsurveying, and always the most prominent of the academic staff. In 1855he was offered the professorship of mathematics, and in 1859 that ofastronomy and natural philosophy at Yale, but both honors were declined.During the same year he was elected to the chair of mathematics inWashington University, St. Louis, and in 1862 he was chosen chancellorof the university. This book is a detailed treatise combiningcontemporary European advancements along with new American methods usingelectric telegraph and the zenith telescope. Chauvenet has included hisown method for reducing lunar distances, first published in the AmericanEphemeris in 1855 along with the tables for its application .