Provenance: House of Commons Library (bookplate and blindstamped armorial on covers)." /> SMYTH, Charles Piazzi (1819-1900). <I>Report on the Teneriffe Astronomical Experiment of 1856, addressed to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.</I> London: Richard Taylor, 1858 [but preface dated February 1859]. 4° (287 x 228mm). Additional title with mounted photographed "Stereoscopic map of the Peak and Great Crater of Teneriffe from a Model by J. Nasymth", illustrations and tables, 10 lithographed plates and one inset photographed plate of "The Alta-Vista Observatory" at the end (some very light mainly marginal browning and staining). Contemporary (?original) green cloth gilt (short sections lacking from head and foot of spine with loss of a few letters, extremities rubbed). <I>Provenance</I>: House of Commons Library (bookplate and blindstamped armorial on covers). | Christie's
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    Travel, Science & Natural History

    8 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 65

    SMYTH, Charles Piazzi (1819-1900). Report on the Teneriffe Astronomical Experiment of 1856, addressed to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. London: Richard Taylor, 1858 [but preface dated February 1859]. 4° (287 x 228mm). Additional title with mounted photographed "Stereoscopic map of the Peak and Great Crater of Teneriffe from a Model by J. Nasymth", illustrations and tables, 10 lithographed plates and one inset photographed plate of "The Alta-Vista Observatory" at the end (some very light mainly marginal browning and staining). Contemporary (?original) green cloth gilt (short sections lacking from head and foot of spine with loss of a few letters, extremities rubbed). Provenance: House of Commons Library (bookplate and blindstamped armorial on covers).

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    SMYTH, Charles Piazzi (1819-1900). Report on the Teneriffe Astronomical Experiment of 1856, addressed to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. London: Richard Taylor, 1858 [but preface dated February 1859]. 4° (287 x 228mm). Additional title with mounted photographed "Stereoscopic map of the Peak and Great Crater of Teneriffe from a Model by J. Nasymth", illustrations and tables, 10 lithographed plates and one inset photographed plate of "The Alta-Vista Observatory" at the end (some very light mainly marginal browning and staining). Contemporary (?original) green cloth gilt (short sections lacking from head and foot of spine with loss of a few letters, extremities rubbed). Provenance: House of Commons Library (bookplate and blindstamped armorial on covers).

    Whilst on his honeymoon in 1856, Charles Piazzi Smyth's pioneering observations from his own Alta-Vista Observatory on the peaks of Tenerife, using a fine 74 inch equatorial telescope, and at over 10,000 feet above sea level, established the astronomical advantages of an observatory at high altitude


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