A Discourse Concerning Time, With The Application Of The Natural Day, And Lunar Month, And Solar Year, As Natural,
Printed by J. Heptinstall for Phil. Monkton, at the Star in St. Paul's Church-Yard
And of such as are derived from the, as artificial parts of time, for measures in civil and common use :. for the better understanding of the julian year and calendar the first cilumn also in our church-calender explained. with other incidental remarks. the second edition.
Second Edition Small 8vo., 6.75 x 4.25 inches.  + 106 pp. + [1} advert leaf. Bound in full modern antique-stile panelled calf gilt. A faint damp stain effects the last few leaves otherwise a fine crisp clean copy. English clergyman, mathematician and musician William Holder, from Nottinghamshire (died 1696), became pastor in 1642 and later Canonicus of the Church of St. Paul in London. He was also a member of the Royal Society and the first to teach a deaf and dumb man to speak. In Holder's writing about time, he tries to explain the shortcomings of the Julian calendar and shows the methods of reform. The Gregorian calendar was not introduced in Engand until 1752. In the meantime, the time difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars had grown to just over eleven days. As a result of this adjustment, eleven days disappeared from the calendar (September 3 to September 13, 1752) A treatise "written to explain the issue of calendar reform and reissued in 1701 after the renewed English rejection of the Gregorian calendar, was an elegant exposition of the concept of harmony on a cosmic scale" (ODNB).
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