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Record Number: 5118


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I have done little since I wrote last but revised Leslie's conics, and read a part of Laplace's 'exposition du systeme du monde' not the mecanique celeste for I alas, am not one of the gifted half-dozen that can understand it - but the original of that book which Smeal once brought from Selkirk and lent to you.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 20 Nov 1817 and 30 Apr 1818

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Kirkcaldy

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Thomas Carlyle

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

4 Dec 1795

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer / Academic

Religion:

Lapsed Calvinist

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Simon-Pierre Laplace

Title:

Exposition du systeme du monde

Genre:

Other religious, Philosophy

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

First published 1796

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5118

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Carlyle

Editor:

C R Sanders

Title:

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham, South Carolina

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

1

Page:

124

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 124, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=5118, accessed: 25 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to James Johnston, dated 30th April 1818, written at Kirkcaldy. Pages 123 - 126 in this edition. Carlyle does not specify which edition of the work that he read, or which part he read.

   
   
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