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    Sale 5808

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    8 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 59

    NEISON, Edmund (1849-1940). The Moon and the Condition and Configurations of its Surface. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1876. 8° (225 x 160mm). Half title, 5 tinted lithographed plates and 26 maps of the moon, including one folding map (light spotting, mainly marginal light soiling). Publisher's cloth (stitching weak, only lower cords holding in first third, spine faded and extremities a little worn). Provenance: J.M. Baron (bookplate) -- W. Buckeridge (signature on bookplate) -- ?S. Dores (signature on bookplate, dated 1949) -- British Astronomical Association (stamp on title and endpaper). FIRST EDITION.

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    NEISON, Edmund (1849-1940). The Moon and the Condition and Configurations of its Surface. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1876. 8° (225 x 160mm). Half title, 5 tinted lithographed plates and 26 maps of the moon, including one folding map (light spotting, mainly marginal light soiling). Publisher's cloth (stitching weak, only lower cords holding in first third, spine faded and extremities a little worn). Provenance: J.M. Baron (bookplate) -- W. Buckeridge (signature on bookplate) -- ?S. Dores (signature on bookplate, dated 1949) -- British Astronomical Association (stamp on title and endpaper). FIRST EDITION.

    [NEISON, E. The Moon and the Condition and Configurations of its Surface. No place, 19th century]. 8° (220 x 150mm). 5 tinted lithographed plates and 26 lithographed maps, INTERLEAVED THROUGHOUT, WITH ANNOTATIONS AND PENCIL AND CRAYON MARKINGS BY MARY ASHLEY up to and including map 22 (lacks all text, lightly waterstained, light mainly marginal soiling, adhesive tape along inner gutter at beginning). Contemporary half calf (worn, crudley rebacked with adhesive tape). Provenance: MARY ASHLEY (signature on endpaper, numerous annotations and a few drawings. Mary Ashley (1843-1903), astronomer produced observing notebooks on the Moon and Jupiter, which with other items came to the library of BAA) -- Mary Adela Blagg (1858-1944, first female member of the RAS, inscription on endpaper: "M.A. Blagg. Formerly the property of Mr Hardcastle" -- Joseph Alfred Hardcastle (great grandson of Sir William Herschel (1738-1822), British astronomer who discovered Uranus in 1781) -- British Astronomical Association (stamps).

    With 7 other works in 11 volumes, including James Nasmyth and James Carpenter's The Moon (London, 1874, second edition), Peter Andreas Hansen's Tables de la Lunes (London, 1857, FIRST EDITION) and Mary Ashley's copy of the Selenographical Journal (April 1878-December 1882, vols. I-V), containing correspondence by Mary Ashley. (14)


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