1848 · New York
by MITCHEL, O[rmsby] M[acknight]
New York: Baker & Scribner, 1848. Octavo (20cm. In publisher's brown cloth, stamped in blind on boards and titled in gilt on spine; plain endpapers; [i]-xvi 17-336 pp; 17 plates (3 folding). With the nineteenth-century bookseller's ticket of Stoddard & Babcock, Syracuse, and the early twentieth century bookplate of the Library of Gettysburg College; pencil ownership inscription to f.f.e.p. of George Barns; illegible ownership inscription to titlepage dated 1873. A straight, sturdy, and unfaded copy with minor spots to boards, losses to head and tail; plates bright with occasional offsetting: around Very Good
An early work of popular astronomy, with charming illustrations of star formations. Mitchel (1809-1862), the founding director of the Cincinnati Observatory, generated wide popular interest in astronomy through his public lectures; he was known as "one of the most erudite and inspirational speakers" in antebellum America (ANB). photograph 16?
(Inventory #: 55175)