by HERSCHEL, Sir John Frederick William (1792-1871).
London:: Alexander Strahan, 1867., 1867. 8vo. xii, 507,  pp.* [first leaf is blank]. Half-title, title vignette, figs. Original plum blind- and gilt-stamped cloth; some discoloration. Very good. First edition of these collected lectures or papers. Includes Herschel's involvement in the 1860s with extraterrestrials, involving "life on the Sun and by implication life on all stars." He also suggested that "comets and planets are probably all inhabited." – Clifford J. Cunningham, The Scientific Legacy of William Herschel, Springer, (2017), page 272, 51. Selected contents: "About Volcanos and Earthquakes", "The Sun," "On Comets", "he Weather and Weather Prophets," "Celestial Measurings and Weighings", "On Light . . .", "On Sensorial Vision", "The yard, the Pendulum, and the Metre," "On the Estimation of Skill in Target-Shooting", etc.
(Inventory #: RW1475)
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