ROWLEY - Grand Orrery


£ 125.00

Good large 18th century engraving.

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'The GRAND ORRERY as it was first Made by Mr Rowley.' Plate XIX from Young Gentleman and Lady's Philosophy... vol 1, by Benjamin Martin, first published in parts, 1759-63. 28 x 21.5 cm

Martin is incorrect is as much that John Rowley manufactured his orrery after that first made by Tompion & Graham in 1704. A second copy was commissioned by Charles Boyle, 4th Earl of Orrery, circa 1713, from which all such mechanical planetaria take their name.

On good quality laid paper, with original fold and some later creases (neither offensive), and with edge mark and small loss, outside the plate mark, at bottom. Rare.