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SVANBERG, Jons (1771–1851)

Exposition des opérations faites en Lapponie , pour la détermination d'un arc du méridien, en 1801, 1802 et 1803; par Messieurs Oefverbom, Svanberg, Holmquist et Palander. Redigée, par Jons Svanberg … et publiée par l'Académie des Sciences

Stockholm: de l'imprimerie de J. P. Lindh, 1805
8vo, pp. [2] xvi xxxi [1] 196.
3 folding engraved plates (bound at the end).
Condition: 215 x 135mm, untrimmed, unopened.
Binding: Original blue sugar paper wrappers.
First edition. ‘Ce volume, imprimé dès 1805, n'a été libré au commerce qu'en 1828’ (Quérard, IX-299); a note pencilled into this copy states that 854 copies were printed.
Bibliography: Sotheran 4691.
£450

Svanberg led an expedition, under the auspices of the Stockholm Academy of Sciences, to measure the length of a degree of the meridian near the pole in Lapland. The result was markedly shorter than had been obtained by Maupertuis, though the mid-point of the two degrees was not quite the same.
Keywords:     scientific instruments