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Essays from the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews, with Addresses and Other Pieces.

HERSCHEL Sir John F. W. (1857.)

£350.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. 8vo., original brown ribbed cloth, re-backed in new cloth, re-using the original spine, housed in a folding box. London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts.

A presentation copy, inscribed opposite the title page in a clerk's hand 'From the Author', above which, in the hand of Sir John Herschel, is 'William James Herschel', with the rubber stamp 'W.J.Herschel' to the title page and page one.

Sir John Herschel was one of the 19th century's great polymaths, excelling in the fields of astronomy, chemistry, botany, mathematics, and the very early days of photography, and could spare the time and energy to father 12 children.

W.J. Herschel was Sir John's eldest son, and may be responsible for the occasional pencil notes in the text and on the rear endpaper, and a few scraps of paper inserted through the text annotated with mathematical equations, and a query about some of Sir John's theories. Sir William, as he became, was an administrative officer in India, and is recognised as one of the first persons to realise the value of the fingerprint as a means of identification.

Some of the last few gatherings unopened, covers damp-stained, the original spine rubbed and soiled, front endpaper damp-stained, the hinges stained by binder's glue.

Stock Code: 221380