ROY, WILLIAM. 1726-1790.
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.]
4to (264 x 224 mm). 162 pp. With 11 engraved folding plates and 4 folding tables. Period tree calf. Scattered few spots, minor offsetting, rebacked with old spine labels laid down, corners showing.
Provenance: Matthew Lewis (engraved armorial bookplate); Lord W. Kerr (bookplate); Frank S. Streeter (bookplate); Streeter sale, Christie's New York, 17 April 2007, lot 452.
FIRST SEPARATE EDITION of this geodetic survey linking England and France. Also issued in volume 80 of the Philosophical Transactions. Roy was a strong advocate for the establishment of what became the Ordnance Survey.