London:: Longmans, Green, 1893., 1893. Sm. 8vo. [viii], 312, 24 pp. Figs.; heavy foxing. Original maroon blind and silver-stamped cloth. Ownership inscription: "B.L. Pitcher, Sept. 18th 1938. from N.N.A.H." Very good +. An eclectic assortment of scientific essays on an assortment of topics, many dealing with astronomy ("Sun-spots and Commercial Panics", "A New Crater in the Moon", "The November Meteors") , but also on seemingly random subjects such as "Oxford and Cambridge Rowing", "Artificial Somnambulism", "Bodily Illness as a Mental Stimulant", and "Dual Consciousness". According to Proctor, some of the essays "might be judged by their names to be in no way connected with science, but it will be found that none of them have been treated except in their scientific significance, though in familiar and untechnical terms." – from the Preface.
(Inventory #: SW1224)
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