Abrégé d'astronomie, 1678-1712


Date: 1678-1712 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 221 p.


This unpublished copy of the 1678 manuscript contains a detailed summary of astronomy from a pre-Newtonian perspective. There are systematic descriptions of planets and stars, distance of planets to the earth, comets, hourly movements of the sun, solar equations, etc. The tables relate to refractions for every place at the horizon, movements of the moon, and other calculations. The plates contain illustrations to the text, one being the moon eclipse of February 13, 1710.

Background note

Jean-Dominique (aka. Giovanni Domenico) Cassini worked as a French astronomer.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 221 p.


Purchased from Jonathan Hill ($2250.00) and accessioned, 07/18/1979 (1979 1408ms).


This manuscript was drawn up after 1712, the year of Cassini's death. A reference to this work is made in Jean-Dominique Cassini (1748-1845), "Mémoires pour servir a l'histoire des sciences..." (Paris, 1810):293. (522.1944/P21xc)

Early American History Note

This manuscript collection falls outside the geographic scope of the Early American guide (British North America and the United States before 1840). It may be of interest to scholars interested in global history, international relations, imperialism, or the U.S. in the world.

Indexing Terms


  • Illustrations.
  • Tables.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Solar system -- Early works to 1800.
  • Solar system -- Motion in space.


  • Astrometry.
  • Astronomy -- France -- Observations.
  • Beyond Early America
  • Comets.
  • Eclipses.
  • Refraction, Astronomical.