Paris:: Librairie Hachette, 1887., 1887. Sm. 8vo. viii, 266 pp. 62 figs. Original pictorial wrappers; small tear to spine head, small "H" rubberstamp on upper cover. Very good. First edition. Guillemin's works on astronomy "were typically lengthy popularizations of past and recent research, emphasizing scientific questions of the day and presenting summaries of current literature. . . . What set Guillemin's works apart, however, were their very large numbers of illustrations, mostly woodcuts, with occasional dazzling chromolithographs. Many of the illustrations presented the viewer with a perspective from the astronomical object itself, such as a view of the rings of Saturn (seen from a supposedly cloud-free planetary surface). Earthbound views of astronomical phenomena often included features of local interest. From edition to edition, illustrations were added and removed, especially the chromolithographs. Guillemin's astronomical works were the most lengthy and best-illustrated volumes available to the public in the last two generations of the 19th century." – Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers, Vol. I, p. 449.
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