New York: Phinney, Blakeman & Mason, 1861. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Dark brown blind-embossed cloth with gilt spine lettering. xvi, 336pp. 17 full-page plates at rear (3 foldouts). Good pluys. Mild edgewear, mainly to spine head and tail, and some spotting on rear board -- else tight and internally bright and near fine; faint miniscule 1863 ownership signature on front flyleaf; minor, discreet and expert small archival mends to two foldouts. Item #45473
An attractive early printing of this popular, oft-reprinted 1848 text featuring outstanding planetary plates. Ormsby M. "Old Stars" Mitchel (1810-62) -- misspelled "Mitchell" on book's title page -- was an academic and astronomer but is usually remembered as the Union general of "Great Locomotive Chase" fame in the Civil War. Nice copy of a scarce title.