New York: Phinney, Blakeman and Mason, 1860. Octavo. Item #022492
336pp., 17 full page illustrations of which three are folding. These lectures were used by the author as his way of obtaining subscriber's to help build his telescope which he believed was needed in the US as there were none. He worked 6 years before the cornerstone of his observatory was laid in 1843 by President John Quincy Adams with appropriate ceremonies. On this occasion, Mr. Adams made his last great oration. This was the first great popular observatory ever erected in the United States. Bound in publisher's brown embossed cloth, spine lettered in gilt, yellow endpapers, chipping to spine ends, minor wear to corners. A very good copy.