HANDBOOK OF THE LICK OBSERVATORY, by Edward S. Holden - 1888 [1st Ed]


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Hand-Book of the Lick Observatory

by Edward S. Holden

The complete, detailed description of the Californian observatory by its Director. With a historical introduction on the laboratory and its creator, a detailed description of its various rooms and the function which they serve, as well as the instruments which they contain. The black & white illustrations show the most important instruments, and some of the panorama of the surroundings. The description is made complete with a documentary on telescopes, the work of an observatory and astronomical photography, to which are added poetry pages, an index, and advertisement pages. A treasure for astronomy and science libraries. 135 pages + 9 ad pages. 4.5 x 6.5 inches.

FIRST EDITION. With black & white illustrations. With an index and advertisement pages at end of volume.

Published by: The Bancroft Company, San Francisco, 1888.

Hardback is overall in GOOD+ condition.

  • Volume is in overall good+ condition with moderate wear to covers and loose binding.
  • Red heavy card covers have textblock with title and bookseller ink stamp on front.
  • Boards show some edgewear from rubbing and mild overall scuffing. 
  • Corners are rounded, and exhibit light rubbing.
  • Cloth partially coming off at lower left corner on back.
  • Spine has rubbed ends with chips, and shows strong overall rubbing with remnants of textblock.
  • Perfect binding is loose with mild to pronounced gaps between pages at gutter. (See photos)
  • Endpapers feature handsome black & white flowery design, and are mildly worn with some toning and scarce tears at hinge.
  • Interior is gently age-toned.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Some pages are stamped from a previous owner. (See photos)
  • Text block edges are darkened and toned with minor scuffing to front edge.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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Binding: Hardcover
Original/Facsimile: Original
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Subject: Science & Medicine
Topic: Science & Pyschology
Place of Publication: San Francisco
Publisher: The Bancroft Company
Year Printed: 1888
Author: Edward S. Holden
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