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Hardback, approx 8 x 6 inches. Navy blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and ‘Moon’ design to front. Top page edges gilt. Plain endpapers. In very good condition. Some very minor handling marks to cloth with some minor light scratches to boards and some minor darkening to spine. Endpapers tanned/darkened, with bookplate to front “Grace Margaret Durnford”, some mild foxing to bookplate, with neat inscription opposite dated 1903. Inside pages all very clean, bright and tight throughout. Page edges are rough cut, some minor darkening to edge of front tissue guard. Else a very good clean and tight copy. 315pp.. 24 illustrative plates of lunar objects, phenomena, and scenery, numerous monochrome illustrations and woodcuts throughout. Nasmyth’s wonderfully evocative representations of the lunar surface are the most realistic ever produced by earthbound observers. James Nasmyth was not only the inventor of the steam hammer, that great symbol of victorian engineering, but was also an enthusiastic astronomer. He built a series of increasingly powerful telescopes & won a prize medal at the Great Exhibition for his drawings of the lunar surface (he had inherited a talent for drawing from his farther, the painter Alexander Nasmyth.) He then made models of the lunar surface, based on his observations & drawings & the prints in this book are from photographs of these models taken in bright sunlight. Besides the plate the book is important for the discussion of the origins of the moon’s physical geography. On front endpaper there is an inscription by Joseph E. Tetley dated Dec 25th 1918, we think this is the tea importer. In 1856, Joseph Tetley and Joseph Ackland set up "Joseph Tetley & Company, Wholesale Tea Dealers". Tetley was the first company that launched tea in tea-bags in the United Kingdom in 1953
Title: The Moon. Considered As A Planet, A World, and A Satellite. With Twenty-Six Illustrative Plates of Lunar Objects, Phenomena, and Scenery, Numerous Diagrams, Etc.
Publisher: London, John Murray, 1903 4th edition:
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Seller ID: 84481
Keywords: ASTRONOMY Science, Miscellaneous Subjects, astronomy, stars, Planet, A World, and A Satellite Moon James Nasmyth James Carpenter lunar objects, Phenomena, and scenery, earthbound observers, Astronomy, john murray, 1903, 4th