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Rare book: Rush, Benjamin; An Eulogium, intended to Perpetuate the Memory of David Rittenhouse, Late President of the American Philosophical Society

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Rare book: Rush, Benjamin; An Eulogium, intended to Perpetuate the Memory of David Rittenhouse, Late President of the American Philosophical Society

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Rush, Benjamin; An Eulogium, intended to Perpetuate the Memory of David Rittenhouse, Late President of the American Philosophical Society, Delivered before the Society in the First Presbyterian Church in High Street, Philadelphia, on the 17th Dec., 1796. Philadelphia, Ormrod & Conrad, 1796. Octavo, pp. 46, vignette tail piece.

The work is complete and in a full calf with decorative gilt covers and gilt titles. The binding is tight and pristine. toning to title page, text very clean. In very good condition.

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With the exception of Benjamin Franklin; David Rittenhouse (1732-1796) was the most celebrated scientist in the American Colonies and later the New Republic. He was the second citizen of the United States to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of London's foreign list and one of the founding members of Benjamin Franklin's American Philosophical Socity. Rittenhouse assisted Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in surveying the "Mason and Dixon Line" between Pennsylvania and Maryland. With the support of Thomas Penn and Lord Baltimore; he measured the first accurate degree of latitude in Pennsylvania, made pioneering astronomical observations, including an eclipse of the moon, and the transit of Venus. In 1771 he built the finest mechanical model of the solar system produced in the colonies and the following year built the finest observatory constructed in the colonies. It first was built and installed in Philadelphia and used for observing the transit of Venus. The eulogy for Rittenhouse was prepared and presented by Benjamin Rush (1746-1813), a Founding Father of the United States and signatory of the Declaration of Independence and attendee at the Continental Congress. Rush was a physician, educator and Universalist as well as the founder of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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