Furnished with more than a hundred figures, maps and tables, this book was first published in 1878 by Simon Newcomb (1835-1909), a noted mathematician and professor at the United States Naval Observatory. A meticulous work, originally intended to be of use to the general reader as well as the student, it provides a view of astronomy as it stood on ...
Furnished with more than a hundred figures, maps and tables, this book was first published in 1878 by Simon Newcomb (1835-1909), a noted mathematician and professor at the United States Naval Observatory. A meticulous work, originally intended to be of use to the general reader as well as the student, it provides a view of astronomy as it stood on the eve of General Relativity, and inevitably includes some theories which have since been disproved. Newcomb outlines a brief history of astronomy, from ancient Greece (when the planets were thought to be fixed in crystal spheres), to the application of the new laws of thermodynamics and the latest observations of the solar system. Included are a rejection of the then prevalent theory that the sun has a cool interior and its own inhabitants, details of the anomaly of Mercury's orbit according to Newtonian theory, and thorough observational guides.
Good+ with no dust jacket; Good reading copy. Covers show light wear, few spots soiling, spotty lose of color (silverfish). Pages aged, few show some foxing and/or reaction to laid in news-clippings. Previous owner name inside. 3 small holes into front... 8vo 8"-9" tall; 577 pages.
Fair. No dust jacket. 1910. 579 pages. No dust jacket. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. Hinge cracked with noticeable foxing, tanning and handling marks. Pencil marking at front endpaper with annotations at rear. Contains B&W illustrations. Tanning along spine with splitting along edges. Noticeable bumping, rubbing and scuffing to spine ends and to corners with noticeable rubbing, scuffing, water marking and wear along edges and over surfaces. World of Rare Books Item ref. 1462259514CEB (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )
Poor. No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Hardcover, Poor/ No Jacket. Discard from Dartmouth College Library. Spine missing. Maps 2, 3, 4, and 5 are detached and laid in-map 1 is missing. Boards have shelfwear and rubbing scratches. Boards also barely attached to the book. Page edges are dark and stained. Some pages are stained.
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