William Roy. An Account of the Trigonometrical Operation, Whereby the Distance Between the Meridians of the Observatories of Greenwich and Paris Has Been Determined from the Philosophical Transactions. London: 1790.

    First separate edition, also issued in Volume LXXX of the Philosophical Transactions. Large quarto. 162 pages. With eleven engraved folding plates and four folding tables.

    Contemporary tree calf, professionally rebacked, retaining original red and green morocco lettering pieces. Smooth spine ruled in gilt. With the bookplates of Matthew Lewis and Lord W. Kerr affixed to the front pastedown. Overall a very good copy.

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    A lovely copy of one of Roy's most famous works. Elected to the Royal Society in 1767, he carried under its auspices a geodetic survey linking London to the coast of France. From 1763, he strongly advocated the establishment of an official national survey, which came into existence a year after his death and is now the Ordnance Survey.

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