Title: Manual of Spherical and Practical Astronomy:...
Publisher: J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia
Publication Date: 1885
Fifth Edition, Revised & Corrected." HARDCOVER-- brown cloth w/ intact gilt on spine-- in GOOD ONLY Condition showing general wear/ soil. Former owner's name, David Barcroft, inked on second front free endpaper, otherwise, INTERIOR mostly very clean. Approx 6 1/4" by 9 3/4," 632 pp. w/ Appendix & Tables + 15 plates in rear, including some gate-folds of drawings of telescopes and telescope apparati. Text is full of charts and equations. Also LAID-IN: a yellowed sheet of hand-done notations & equations, of the period. Former owner, David Barcroft, was something of a noted mathematician in his day, taught mathematics at Oakland High School in Oakland, California, and died an untimely death in 1894 at the age of 34. Note that this is VOLUME II Only: The Theory and Use of Astronomical Instruments, subtitled: "Embracing the general problems of spherical astronomy, the special applications to nautical astronomy, and the theory and use of fixed and portable astronomical instruments. With an appendix on the method of least squares." BONUS: An Introduction to Spherical and Practical Astronomy by Dascom Greene 1891 Boston: Ginn & Co. Hardcover in Good Only Condition, missing Tables after the Appendix. This early standard textbook presented a mathematical approach to astronomy and was an introduction to the advanced treastises of Chauvenet and Sawitsch. This book is illustrated with engravings of various scientific instruments and includes chapters on conversion on time, use of the sextant, finding the time by observation, finding longitude & latitude, finding the azimuth of a given line, and the method of least squares. Bookseller Inventory # 500555
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