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Lovely 1889 Astronomy Handbook/planets/ Comets/ Mars/253 Illust/35 Plates/vg++ For Sale
Lovely 1889 Astronomical Guide to the Solar System as Viewed Through Telescopes
A HANDBOOK OF DESCRIPTIVE AND PRACTICAL ASTRONOMY
Vol 1 only: The Sun, Planets, and Comets
by George F Chambers
The much sought-after 4th edition, greatly expanded, with 253 illustrations and 36 full and double-page plates, some in color. Chapters on the Sun, Moon, Planets, Eclipses, Transits of Venus, Comets, etc.
Description: George F. Chambers, F.R.A.S. A HANDBOOK OF DECRIPTIVE AND PRACTICAL ASTRONOMY: Volume 1 (only): The Sun, Planets, and Comets (Fourth edition). 1889; Oxford: The Clarendon Press of Oxford University;5.5 x9 in676 pp plus8 pages of ads; Illustrated with 2353 engravings in the text and 36 full and double-page plates, some in color.
Condition: Hardbound in new blue library buckrambinding with title on spine. Interior and exterior clean, tightly bound, and unmarked throughout. Though rebound in the buckram, this is in near fine condition.
Information:We are very pleased to offer thislovely astronomy book, aimed at the advanced amateur of the late Victorian age, describing observation and known properties of the sun, moon, planets, comets, eclipses, and transits of Venus. This is the fourth edition of a work originally published in 1861 and intended as an extension on Smyth's Celestial Cycle, a pioneering work for amateurs equipped with telescopes. Chambers, a lawyer by trade, took over from Smyth, but this fourth edition is a great extension, and a very much more desirable work than earlier editions. Earlier editions had been issued in single volumes. This edition was offered in 3, with the first dealing with solar system observations (the one for sale here), and the other two volumes dealing with Stars and Nebulae and Telescopes and Observatories respectively.
The volume is richly illustrated with many illustrations not easily found elsewhere, and covers the Sun, Planets, (including Vulcan, a porposed inter-mercurial planet which turned out not to exist), Zodiacal Light; Asteroids; Solar and Lunar Eclipses, including several recent ones in the 1850s, 60's, and 70's; Eclipses of the moon; Transits of the Inferior planets (notably the transit of Venus in 1874 and 1882, pus some other historical reports); Occultation; Tides; Aberration and Parallax; Refraction; Twilight; Comets;Meteors--Aerolites; Fireballs; Shooting Stars; The theory of Meteors; Telescopic Meteors; Tables of the Major and Minor Planets.
An essential part of any collection on 19th century astronomy, amateur astronomy, history of science, etc.
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