The Recent Progress of Astronomy; Especially in the United States.
Loomis, Elias

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1850. F 257 pages + 6 pages of publisher's announcements at back; illustrated with a few diagrams and tables; (From the Preface):"...designed to exhibit in a popular form the most important astronomical discoveries of the past ten years...the fourth chapter...exhibits the progress of Astronomy in the United States...endeavored to award equal and exact justice to all American astronomers..."; with information on the discovery of the planet Neptune, asteroids, an eight satellite of Saturn, observations of the satellites of Uranus, information on comet including the great comet of 1843, stars & nebulae, Lord Rosse's telescope, history of American observatories including that at Yale College, Western Reserve, Williams, West Point, Brooklyn, Sharon Observatory near Philadelphia, Amherst College, more; astronomical expedition to Chili (sic); determination of longitude by the electric telegraph, astronmical publications, manufacture of telescopes in the United States, with size and pricing information, more; Elias Loomis was the first American who saw Halley's comet at its return in Aug. 1835, contributing a large number of papers on astronomy, magnetism, meteorology. (DAB); original decoratively-blindstamped red cloth covers, gilt spine titles; some edge, tips wear and drying to binding; a little foxing to contents; generally in good condition; interesting American and European scientific astronomy and telescope material of the mid-19th century. Good H (Item ID: 16663)


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