The Stellar Universe: Views of its Arrangements, Motions, and Evolutions

NICHOL J. P. (1848)


xii, [3], 15-257, [1]p. Frontispiece and 4 plates by R. Dale. Original blue cloth with ornate gilt decorations, both floral and celestial, to both boards and spine, a.e.g. Edinburgh, John Johnstone. 1848

Bright, attractive copy of this scarce work.

"John Pringle Nichol (1804-1859), Scottish Romantic astronomer, economist, social reformer, and scientific educator. From his position as Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Glasgow, Nichol exerted a powerful influence on public knowledge and opinion. Through several crowded lecture series and a string of popular scientific works published across the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s, he advances the argument that everything in the universe was guided by a principle of progressive "evolution", uniting physical astronomy, natural history, and the emerging sciences of man.

... Nichol's popular science books between 1846 and 1850 reveals the rich possibilities of evolutionary imagery prior to the emergence of more dominant forms of representation in the wake of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859)..." (abstract for J. P. Daly's essay 'Audacious Psyche: Visualizing Evolutions in John Pringle Nichol's Romantic Universe', 2018).

Some minor foxing; tissue guards browned, not affecting the plates. Spine ever so slightly dulled; still remarkably fresh and bright.

Stock Code: 233977

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