Publisher: Boston: From the press of Isaac R. Butts; Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1839.
Edition: First separate edition.
Bibliographical References: American Imprints 54605.
Condition: Boards a little worn; some foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 17022
Description4to, original printed boards (rebacked with a tan linen spine), 168 pages. Two portraits.
CommentsA separately issued memoir of Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838) by his son, Nathaniel Ingersoll Bowditch, written as the introduction to the fourth and final volume of the elder Bowditch’s translation of La Place’s Mécanique Céleste, (published over a ten-year span, 1829-1839). The younger Bowditch, one of the most prominent American scientists of his time, had “printed a small extra edition of the Memoir, chiefly with the view of presenting it to such individuals as he believed would feel an interest in the account which he has given of his father’s life and career.” At the end of this prefatory note is printed “This copy is presented to” below which is written in this copy “Rev. Dr. Emerson / with the respects of / The Author / Boston July 18, 1839.” The inscription is repeated, in a somewhat shorter form, on the front board. Bookplate of the Essex Institute on the front paste-down, with their small "Released 1967" stamp; and with their small ink stamp below the imprint on the title-page.