Wales, William (1734?-1796) The Original Astronomical Observations Made in the Course of a Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the
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Wales, William (1734?-1796) The Original Astronomical Observations Made in the Course of a Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World. London: by W. and A. Strahan, and sold by J. Nourse, J. Mount, and T. Page, 1777.
First edition, illustrated with four plates, one of which is a folding map; bound in full diced russia rebacked and recornered, a.e.g., some leaves foxed/spotted, some plates with offsetting, a few marginal tears, 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 in.
Wales collected scientific data from far-flung regions of the globe that contribute greatly to the 18th century's knowledge of longitude, astronomy, and climatology. He and an assistant, Joseph Dymond, while observing the Transit of Venus in 1769, were the first scientists to overwinter in Hudson's Bay.
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