Annual Register Volume 7

Annual Register Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1802 edition. Excerpt: ...affection he bore him, earnestly requested that he might be the companion, of his voyage. He sailed from Port l'Orient the twenty-first of November, on board the Glorieux, and had the happiness to find the captains a very civil man, and a good mathematician, which was no small satisfaction to him; and he proved an excellent help-mate in observing the latitudes, longitudes, &c. during the whole voyage. They arrived at the Cape the 19th of April, 1761. Having waited on the gover nor, M. Tulbagh, who received him with great civility, and during his stay there conferred incessant favours upon him, he forthwith got his instruments on more, and with the assistance of some Dutch artificers, set about building an astronomical observatory, in which his apparatus of instruments was properly disposed, as soon as it was in fit condition to receive them. The sky at the Cape is generallypure and serene, unless when a south-east wind blows. But this is often the cafe, and when it is, is attended with some strange as well as terrible effects. The stars look bigger, and seem to caper; the moon has an undulating tremor; and the planets have a sort of beard, like comets. Two hundred and twenty-eight nights did our astronomer furvey the southern heavens; during which space, which is almost incredible, he observed more than ten thousand stars: and whereas the ancients filled the heavens with monsters and old wives tales, the abbe de la Caille chose rather to adorn them with the instruments and machines which the modern philosophy has made use of in the conquest of nature. (See the planisphere in his Ccelum Australe Stelliferum.) With no less success did he attend to the parallax of the Moon, Mars, Venus, and Sun. These, besides his astronomical brethren of the..show more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236614291
  • 9781236614292