Tall 8vo, cloth, probably in publisher's original boards, 29,  pp. Normal aging and darkening, near fine condition. Henson (1812-1888) was an early pioneer in aviation engineering, and along with another pioneer in this field, John Stringfellow, designed a lightweight steam engine that could be used on a flying machine. While the present work is a relatively short pamphlet on the subject, Henson does suggest the solar system is made up of cold dust and gas. He also discusses sunspots, the movement of planets, and the cause of rotary motion. In this work, which was only published in one edition, Henson suggests there could be intelligent life on the moon. He also points out that the forces that that form and eventually destroy solar systems will probably do the same to our system. (Inventory #: 106331)
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