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Corona and Coronet: Being a Narrative of the Amherst Eclipse Expedition to Japan, in Mr. James’s schooner-yacht Coronet, to Observe the Sun’s Total Obscuration, 9th August, 1896. [Extra-illustrated Copy]
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin; Cambridge, Mass.: Riverside Press, 1898. - 8vo (21 x 14 cm.), 2 volumes: xxxviii, 383, [1] pages, including frontispiece, plates, portraits, and maps; extra-illustrated with the addition of approximately 340 black and white photographs and plates by the author documenting the voyage, the party, and their travels and adventures around Japan; uniformly bound in half green morocco over decorated paper boards, top-edge gilt. LAVISHLY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED COPY WITH MOSTLY CANDID BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS BY MABEL LOOMIS TODD OF HER SCIENTIFIC VOYAGE TO JAPAN WITH HER HUSBAND, ASTRONOMER DAVID PECK TODD. Mabel Loomis Todd, best remembered for her early posthumous editions of Emily Dickinson’s poems and letters, authored this account of her travels by sea to view a total solar eclipse in Japan in August 1896. In addition to Loomis Todd and her husband, the astronomer David Peck Todd of Amherst College, the expedition party included Captain and Mrs. Arthur Curtiss James; John Pemberton, U.S. Navy engineer; Willard P. Gerrish of Harvard College Observatory; Dr. Vanderpoel Adriance of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University; Arthur W. Francis of New York; and E. A. Thompson, described by Loomis Todd as a "mechanician" of Amherst. The voyage took them from the east coast of North America around Cape Horn, to the Pacific and the west coast and on to Japan, where the solar eclipse was to take place on August 9, 1896. The author herself describes the work as an "unscientific account of a scientific expedition." Loomis Todd was Emily Dickinson's self-appointed literary executrix, and even though the two women never met, Loomis Todd was often in the Dickinson home, involved as she was in a long-term and intense love affair with the poet's married brother, William Austin Dickinson, while she was married to her husband. The affair was an open secret in Amherst, by all appearances willingly accepted by Loomis Todd’s husband, although it devastated Dickinson’s wife and caused great turmoil in the extended Dickinson family. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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