SMITH'S ILLUSTRATED ASTRONOMY, Designed for the Use of the Public or Common Schools in the United States
by Smith, Asa
New York: Cady & Burgess, 1852. Hardcover. Good. Illustrated with numerous original diagrams (frontispiece, with 28 full-page plates and a textual illustration). New York: Cady & Burgess, 1852. Tenth edition. In his preface, Smith writes "It has been the object of the author of this little manual of Astronomical science, to present all the distinguishing principles in physical Astronomy with as few words as possible; but with such occular demonstrations, by way of diagrams and maps, as shall make the subject easily understood." This visual approach made Smith's Illustrated Astronomy the most popular American astronomy book of the 19th century, and it remains one of the most historically and artistically important manifestations of astral iconography. Quarto. The original pictorial paper-covered boards have been expertly rebacked with a new black morocco spine. Some occasional mild soiling to the contents, with the typical minor offsetting opposite the plates. The boards are shelfworn and soiled, with a minor scratch to the front panel and a few small stains. (Inventory #: 64651)
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