Item #2745 Uses Of Astronomy; A Discourse Delivered at Albany on the 28th of August, 1856, on Occasion of the Inauguration of the Dudley Observatory. Edward Everett, Millard Fillmore.

Uses Of Astronomy; A Discourse Delivered at Albany on the 28th of August, 1856, on Occasion of the Inauguration of the Dudley Observatory

Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Co., 1856. First Edition. Brown paper wraps. INSCRIBED from the author: "President Fillmore / With the best respects of Edward Everett" at top of title page. 5.75" x 9", pp. 6 - 50. Incidental fox dots, wrinkle at bottom right corner, separation at paper spine, front cover, with previous seller notes in pencil, is detached but present.

Millard Fillmore (1800 - 1874) was the 13th President. Everett's oration occurred during the 1856 presidential year when Fillmore, who had succeeded to the presidency in 1850 upon the death of Zachary Taylor and served until 1853, was running for that office on the American, or Know-Nothing ticket. Everett espouses at length, as was his public persona known to do, on the early history of Albany, the progress of the Science of Astronomy and its study in 18th century America, the public's contributions to Astronomy in the form of Observatories and education, and the progress of science and useful arts in America. This title, of which there are many of Everett's others, does not appear in Sabin or Decker's bibliography. Very good. Item #2745

"Count Strzelecki, just returned from his Oriental an Australian tour, observed that he found among the Chinese a great desire to know something more about Mr. Babbage's calculating machine, and especially whether like their own swanpan it could be made to go into the pocket." (p 31).

Price: $750.00

See all items by ,