Tables and Tracts Relative to Several Arts and Sciences

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by James Ferguson

Tables and Tracts
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Title not held by The Wolf Law Library
at the College of William & Mary.
Author James Ferguson
Published London: Printed for A. Millar and T. Cadell
Date 1767
Volumes volume set

James Ferguson was an astronomer, painter, inventor, author, and lecturer who was born to a poor family in Scotland in 1710.[1] His knowledge on astronomy and mechanical models was largely self-taught.[2] His early life was spent working for various wealthy individuals as a clock maker and maintainer, a machinist,and a limner (painter of paint or ink portrait miniatures).[3] Around 1736, Ferguson attempted to practice medicine, however this failed partly to his bills not being paid.[4] Ferguson's career turned towards inventing, writing, and lecturing in 1743.[5] Ferguson published his first book, The Use of a New Orrery, in 1744. His career as an author would span almost three decades with his major books being published from 1746 to 1775.[6] Tables and Tracts Relative to Several Arts and Sciences, was Ferguson's fourth major book and was published in 1767.[7]

Tables and Tracts Relative to Several Arts and Sciences, is a collection of tables and tracts from various manuscripts and Ferguson on the "useful arts and sciences."[8] Ferguson presents the tables and then goes through an explanation of how to use them. The tables and tracts start off on the calculation of the new and full moon and ends on properties of numbers, circles, and squares.[9] This book touches several topics including astronomy, time, clocks, silk mills, remarkable eras and events, volume, weight, gravity, velocity,and many others.[10] Tables and Tracts Relative to Several Arts and Sciences, is about educating the use of tables and tracts for various different subjects.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

See also


  1. Davenhall, Clive. “James Ferguson: A Commemoration.” Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, no. 13(2010): 179-186. (Accessed November 13, 2018).
  2. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London."James Ferguson, F.R.S." Royal Museums Greenwich. (Accessed November 13, 2018).
  3. Davenhall."James Ferguson: A Commemoration."
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ferguson, James.Tables and Tracts Relative to Several Arts and Sciences.(London:A. Millar and T. Cadell, 1767), iii-iv.
  9. FergusonTables and Tracts Relative to Several Arts and Sciences,v-xiii.
  10. Ibid.