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TENERIFFE, AN ASTRONOMER'S EXPERIMENT: or, Specialities of a Residence above the Clouds
London, Lovell Reeve, 1858.. London, Lovell Reeve, 1858.. FIRST EDITION 1858, 8vo, approximately 190 x 120 mm, 7½ x 4¾ inches, 20 mounted photo-stereographs each with tissue guard except the frontispiece, a map of the island with cross sections of the peak, pages xvi, 451, plus 42 pages of publisher's adverts dated January 1858, bound in original publisher's purple wavy patterned cloth, gilt vignette of telescope and blind stamped border to upper and lower covers, gilt lettered spine, top edges gilt, original brown endpapers, small binder's ticket to bottom of last pastedown, (Westley's). Binding rubbed, corners bumped and showing slight wear, small nicks to the top and bottom of both hinges, margin of frontispiece has pale age-browning, occasional tissue guard lightly foxed and occasional odd fox spot to margins, but overall a very good copy of the first book to be illustrated with stereographic photographs, still in the original cloth. See Gernsheim, Incunabula of British Photographic Literature 1839-1875, page 25, No. 79; The Truthful Lens, A Survey of the Photographically Illustrated Book 1844-1914, by Goldschmidt and Naef, page 220, No.,152. The book tells the story of an expedition organised by the author, Her Majesty's Astronomer for Scotland, to Tenerife 'to ascertain how far astronomical observation can be improved, by eliminating the lower third part of the atmosphere'. (Preface). To do this the members of the expedition climbed a dormant volcano with their instruments and carried out two months' observations at heights of 8900 and 10,700 feet. The author took photographs during the ascent and the negatives of these were used by his publisher to produce the photo-stereographs in the book. The photos are of the scenery, the peak, the rock formations, members of the expedition, several of dragon-trees, a couple show the islanders. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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