Glasgow: Gray, Maver & Co., 1804. Seventh Edition. Hardcover. Slim 8vo. , 10-182,  pp. Full contemporary calf, spine in six compartments with a red morocco label lettered in gilt on the spine. Illustrated with seven beautiful fold-out copper plates. Intended as a textbook for young people to learn about the seasons, the motions of the planets (with Venus specifically called out), tidal patterns, eclipses, and the moon's phases. Oxford DNB: "Ferguson, James (1710-1756)". A fellow of the Royal Society, Ferguson showed a great interest in mechanics, astronomy, and physics from a young age. Though he received little formal education, he was able to teach himself about the solar system and published books for the public to better understand astronomy. The first edition of this book was published in 1768. Very Good. Item #00008607
A Very Good volume with the front hinge strengthened and moderate wear to the spine and joints.