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SMYTH, Piazzi.
An Astronomer's Experiment: Or, Specialities of a Residence Above The Clouds.
London.: Lovell Reed., 1858. First edition. 8vo., xvi, 451pp., 45 pages ads at end dated January 1858, engraved map, 20 mounted photo-stereographs, 45 pages of ads at end, original purple wavy-grained cloth gilt, gilt vignette to upper cover, an excellent copy. The first book to be illustrated with stereographic photographs. The book was issued in an edition of 1000 copies in January 1858, with a further 1000 copies in July 1858. The present copy with ads dated January 1858 is presumably from the earlier issue. The object of the experiment was to see how far astronomical observations could be improved by eliminating the lower part of the atmosphere. To this end a telescope and other apparatus were carried up the volcanic flanks of the volcano to a height of between 8900 and 10700 feet. Numerous photographs being taken during the the ascent at different points. These were then printed under the superintendence of James Glaisher, one of the leading meteorologists of his day. The photographs depict local flora, fauna, and members of the expedition. Gernsheim Incunabula 79.
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