London: Richard Phillips, 1809. First English Language Edition. Cardboard covers. Large paper, uncut copy. 2 Volumes 8vo (21.5 x 12.1 cm) Original gray paper boards and cream paper spine. Bindings with only minor rubbing on covers; corners slightly bumperd. Collation: Vo. I- , viii, 379 pp.; VolII- , iii, , 375, , [4-Ads] pp. Text only very clean with wide margins of uncut pages. This original issue has been bound in paper boards. Item #0000720
This is only copy offered which has the half title pages and additional preliminaries in both volumes and adds at end of volume II. In 1796 Laplace published Eposition du système du monde, a semipopular treatmen of his work in celestial mechanics and a model of Frnch prose. The book includes his “nebular hypothesis,” attributing the origin of the solar system to cooling and contraction of a gaseous nebula. (Encycl. Brit.).