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  • THE MOVEMENT OF STARS, by Brill, Amy.
    Brill, Amy.
    THE MOVEMENT OF STARS,

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Riverhead Books, (2013). First edition - The author's first novel, inspired by the work of Maria Mitchell, the first professional female astronomer in America. "Set in 1845 Nantucket, Hannah Gardner Price has lived all twenty-four years of her life according to the principles of the Nantucket Quaker community in which she was raised, where simplicity and restraint are valued above all, and a womans path is expected to lead to marriage and motherhood. But up on the rooftop each night, Hannah pursues a very different and elusive goal: discovering a comet and thereby winning a gold medal awarded by the King of Denmark, something unheard of for a woman. And then she meets Isaac Martin, a young,…

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    New York: Riverhead Books, (2013). First edition - The author's first novel, inspired by the work of Maria Mitchell, the first professional female astronomer in America. "Set in 1845 Nantucket, Hannah Gardner Price has lived all twenty-four years of her life according to the principles of the Nantucket Quaker community in which she was raised, where simplicity and restraint are valued above all, and a womans path is expected to lead to marriage and motherhood. But up on the rooftop each night, Hannah pursues a very different and elusive goal: discovering a comet and thereby winning a gold medal awarded by the King of Denmark, something unheard of for a woman. And then she meets Isaac Martin, a young, dark-skinned whaler from the Azores who, like herself, has ambitions beyond his expected station in life. Drawn to his intellectual curiosity and honest manner, Hannah agrees to take Isaac on as a student." Author's note, sources. 386 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 77531
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  • THE MYSTERIOUS SKY. by Del Rey, Lester (1915-1993)
    Del Rey, Lester (1915-1993)
    THE MYSTERIOUS SKY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Philadelphia: Chilton Books, (1964) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which focuses on the wonders to be found in the skies."The chapters move through space with sections devoted to meteorites, the moon, the sun, the Milky Way, etc. Synthesizing known information and speculating on the many unanswered questions that confront man's invasion of space, . . [he] includes attention-holding material of bizarre experiments that border on the realm of science fiction, such as the possibility of life on Mars and beyond, as well as Project Ozma's record of radio signals from outer space. There is an excellent chapter on the contributions of photography to the study of astronomy and thumbnail sketches of the innovators and theoreticians in astronomy…

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    Philadelphia: Chilton Books, (1964) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which focuses on the wonders to be found in the skies."The chapters move through space with sections devoted to meteorites, the moon, the sun, the Milky Way, etc. Synthesizing known information and speculating on the many unanswered questions that confront man's invasion of space, . . [he] includes attention-holding material of bizarre experiments that border on the realm of science fiction, such as the possibility of life on Mars and beyond, as well as Project Ozma's record of radio signals from outer space. There is an excellent chapter on the contributions of photography to the study of astronomy and thumbnail sketches of the innovators and theoreticians in astronomy are included throughout the book." (Kirkus) Illustrated with photographs. Index. 183 pp.

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    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings. The dust jacket has been pasted onto the endpapers, price-clipped.

    Book ID: 83661
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  • FLANAGAN'S VERSION : A Spectator's Guide to Science on the Eve of the Twenty-First Century. by Flanagan, Dennis.
    Flanagan, Dennis.
    FLANAGAN'S VERSION : A Spectator's Guide to Science on the Eve of the Twenty-First Century.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Individual chapters focus on physics, astronomy, geology, biology and technology, and make complex ideas understandable. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper to the noted collector Larry Owens with the comment "A true reader. Someone who remembers what he has read!" Index. x. 172 pp. ISBN: 0-394555473.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 67713
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  • Goldsmith, Donald W.
    VOYAGE TO THE MILKY WAY : The Future of Space Exploration.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York TV Books, (1999.). First edition - Book about future space travel, author is an award-winning astronomer, analyzes our impulse to colonize the solar system.

    Condition: Fine (as new.)

    Book ID: 28175
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  • TWO MOONS. by Mallon, Thomas.
    Mallon, Thomas.
    TWO MOONS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's fourth novel, set in Washington DC in 1877, in the turbulent Reconstruction years - a novel which blends facts and fiction in this story of Hugh Allison and Cynthia May - and one which combines elements ranging from history to astronomy to love and politics into a seamless and coherent whole. 303 pp. ISBN: 0-375400257.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (remainder dot.)

    Book ID: 39143
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  • THE AMERICAN EPHEMERIS AND NAUTICAL ALMANAC FOR THE YEAR 1896 by (Newcomb, Simon, Professor US Navy, preface)
    (Newcomb, Simon, Professor US Navy, preface)
    THE AMERICAN EPHEMERIS AND NAUTICAL ALMANAC FOR THE YEAR 1896

    Edition: First edition (stated on title page)

    Washington, D.C.: Washington Bureau of Equipment, 1893. Hardcover first edition - The preface notes that this follows the format adopted in 1882 but adds more data for eclipses of the sun, etc. Divided into three parts: Ephemeris for the Meridian of Greenwich, Ephemeris for the Meridian of Washington and Phenomena. Two double page charts showing the eclipses of Feb 13, 1896 and August 8, 1896. Large octavo, vii, 534 pp.

    Condition: Good in overall in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. Several library stamps from a university observatory, rubbing and wear to the corners of the boards and ends of the spine, but a sturdy copy.

    Book ID: 84692
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  • THE AMERICAN EPHEMERIS AND NAUTICAL ALMANAC FOR THE YEAR 1891 by (Newcomb, Simon, Professor US Navy, preface)
    (Newcomb, Simon, Professor US Navy, preface)
    THE AMERICAN EPHEMERIS AND NAUTICAL ALMANAC FOR THE YEAR 1891

    Edition: Second edition.

    Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Navigation, 1890. Hardcover - The preface notes that this follows the format adopted in 1882 but adds more data for eclipses of the sun, etc. Divided into three parts: Ephemeris for the Meridian of Greenwich, Ephemeris for the Meridian of Washington and Phenomena. Two double page charts showing the eclipse of June 6, 1891 and the partial eclipse of Nov 30-Dec 1, 1891. Large octavo, viii, 515 pp. plus appendix

    Condition: Good in overall in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. Several library stamps from a university observatory, rubbing and wear to the corners of the boards and ends of the spine, but a sturdy copy.

    Book ID: 84771
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  • OF STARS AND MEN: The Human Response to an Expanding Universe by Shapley, Harlow (1882-1972)
    Shapley, Harlow (1882-1972)
    OF STARS AND MEN: The Human Response to an Expanding Universe

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Elek, nd [1958] dj. Hardcover first edition - A non-technical discussion by this noted astronomer (among other things he was the head of the Harvard College Observatory for over 30 years and discoverer of a large galaxy supercluster named after him) which concludes that it is time to write an obituary for anthropocentrism when it comes to the universe - not only is there very likely life elsewhere in the universe, but it may be smarter than we are. He concludes with the note that man's greatest enemy is himself - but also optimism that man will continue to learn about the universe, that rationalism will prevail, and that man can create beauty. Illustrated with photographs. 145 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in light blue boards in a very good dust jacket (some edgewear to the dj, price-clipped)

    Book ID: 88576
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