Stargazing: Past and Present; Expanded from Shorthand notes of a Course of Royal Institution Lectures, With the Assistance of G. M. Seabroke, F.R.A.S.
by LOCKYER, Joseph Norman (1836-1920).
London:: Macmillan, 1878., 1878. Thick 8vo. xiv, , 496 pp. Half-title, photographic "autotype" frontis., 217 figs, index. Original dark green gilt- and black-stamped cloth, top edge gilt; rear cover badly gnawed, spine ends frayed. Very good. First edition. This is an updated and much expanded edition of the author's 1870 course of eight lectures on instrumental astronomy at the Royal Institution. Due to the rapid changes in astronomical knowledge of the time, he also determined to add new material to these pages and thus have an up-to-date assessment of looking at stars, still with an emphasis on the new instrumentation. Lockyer was an eminent astronomer of his time, notable as the discoverer of helium (through the observation of the sun) and as the founder of the journal Nature. "This was perhaps the most outstanding example of Lockyer's lifelong concern for the recognition of science as a most potent agent in the general progress of civilization." – DSB VIII, p. 443.
(Inventory #: SW1161)
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