Lot 704: Emerson William



2015-07-10 15:43:15

Lot 704: Emerson William: (1701-1782) English Mathematician. A.L.S., W Emerson, One Page, 8Vo, Hurworth, 28Th February 1771 (Although 1772, As Docketed To The Verso), To The Publisher [John] Nourse. Emerson Announces 'I Writ To You For A French Alamanac For Last Year (1771) And I Have Recd. One For 1750, I Suppose By The Carelessness Of The Men' And Continues To Add That 'This Will Be Of No Use To Me, As I Have Not An English One Of 50 To Compare With It'. He Further Explains 'My Design Was To Shew The Disagreement Between The Two Almanacs, And So To Invalidate Any Further Arguments They Can Make Concerning The Exactness Of The Lunar Tables. But By This Mistake My Design Is Defeated, And It Will Be Too Much Trouble To Se[Nd] Another The Same Way'. Emerson Also States 'I Have Inclosed An Answer To Another Upstart Adversary, One That I Never Heard Of Before. If You Think Proper To Send It To The Magazine I'M Content; If Not, Let It Drop' And Concludes By Referring To A Recent Spell Of Bad Weather And The Ill Health Of Mr. Montagu ('€¦I Fear His Old Distemper Is Come Upon Him'). An Interesting And Scarce Letter. Some Dust Staining To The Edges And A Small File Hole To The Centre Of The Letter, Just Affecting Two Letters Of Text. G John Nourse (1705-1780) English Publisher & Bookseller, A Specialist In Scientific And Mathematical Works. Emerson Authored Many Works Which Are Singularly Free From Errata. The Present Letter Was Most Likely Originally Part Of The William Upcott Collection Of Manuscripts And Autograph Letters. Upcott (1779-1845) Acquired All Of The Business Letters Of Nourse And His Collection Of Manuscripts And Letters Was Sold At Three Auctions In 1846, The British Library Acquiring A Proportion Of The Collection. American Book Prices Current Only Records One Other Letter By Emerson Having Appeared At Auction, Also To Nourse, In 1991. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £200 - 300
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