POINTER, John. A Rational Account of The Weather. Shewing the Signs of its Several Changes and Alterations, together with the Philosophical Reasons for them. Collect….

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An early analysis of climate

POINTER, John. A Rational Account of The Weather. Shewing the Signs of its Several Changes and Alterations, together with the Philosophical Reasons for them. Collected, not only from Common Observations, but Chiefly from some of the Most Approved Authors, the Most Celebrated Philosophers, and the Most Judicious Naturalists of this and Former Ages. The Second Edition Corrected and Much Enlarged. To which are added, Three Essays towards accounting for: I. A Continued Course of Wet Years. II The Cause of an Aurora Borealis. III. The Cause of The Plague. Printed for Aaron Ward. 1738.

8vo. Recent half tan calf with marbled boards, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering; pp. [2] + xvi + [2] + 25 - 224; very clean, very good.
Second edition. First published in 1723 but only running to 76 pages, this work, probably the first to collate the early literature on weather in order to define patterns, effects and causes, was greatly improved and enlarged in this second edition. It was truly ground-breaking its efforts to scientifically classify climate conditions, without which any analysis of climate change is impossible.

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