Title: Smith's Illustrated Astronomy: Designed for ...
Publisher: New York: Cady & Burgess
Publication Date: 1856
Nineteenth edition. Small 4to. "[T]he object. of this little manual of Astronomical science," notes the author in his preface, "[is] to present all the distinguishing principles in physical Astronomy with as few words as possible; but with such occular demonstrations, by way of diagrams and maps, as shall make the subject easily understood. and at much less price than have been given in any other elementary Astronomy." The most popular of the early American textbooks on astronomy, Smith's beautifully illustrated work went was much reprinted after its first publication in 1848. Replete with celestial globes, sidreal maps, planetary charts, zodaical charts, telescopic representations of binary stars, nebulae, comets, eclipses, meteors, and other astronomical phenomena, and views of the moon and the planets in their various phases. Uranus had been discovered only in 1781, and Neptune in 1846, and both planets are discussed under the names of their discoverers, Herschel and Le Verrier. The book's lessons, presented in the form of a catechism (Q&A) is designed not only to inform but also to stimulate the imagination. For example, Smith asserts that the presence of clouds on "Leverrier" suggests that the planet may be hospitable to human life. The book is seldom encountered complete -- print-sellers have long made a practice of removing pages for individual framing. This is about as nice a copy as could be hoped for. Fyleaf lacking, old school label to pastedown, covers and spine worn. A very nice copy of this much-loved text. Bookseller Inventory # 17257
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