New-York: Printed and Sold by Samuel Wood, 1812. Second Wood printing of this English work, preceded by his 1811 edition. Original printed wrappers over stiff cardstock, 5.25 x 3.5 inches, 52 pages. Illus. Wrappers worn and somewhat perished along the spine; somewhat foxed and a bit dust-soiled; a very good copy. Item #19080
“Although calculated for the latitude and meridian of Great Britain, yet on an examination of this little book, the publisher was induced to believe, the Youth of Columbia might be profitably amused in a perusal of same; he accordingly has given it an American impression, taking the liberty to make some notes on what he deemed exceptionable.” Includes an overview of the solar system, including the names of the planets—Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Pallas, Jupiter, Saturn, and Georgium. With a monthly summary of the workings of nature (with some technical detail) from winter dormancy, through summer fertility, and back again. Contemporary ink gift inscription on the inside front wrapper. Welch 1472.2.