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Baikie, James | Through the Telescope

  • First edition. A handsomely bound prize copy awarded in 1914 by the Merchant Taylor’s School in Crosby, Liverpool. The well-illustrated text covers the history and use of the telescope, the sun and each planet in the solar system, comets and meteors, the stars, and star clusters and galaxies.

    Author James Baikie (1866-1931) was a Scottish minister and fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Through the Telescope was his first book, and he followed it up with several popular works on ancient Egypt.

  • ...With 32 Full-Page Illustrations from Photographs and 26 Smaller Figures in the Text. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1906.

    Octavo (202 x 132 mm). Contemporary school prize binding of blue calf by Rowell of Liverpool. Spine elaborately gilt in compartments, brown morocco label, double gilt fillets and decorative roll in blind, school crest roundel to the upper board in gilt, blind roll to turn-ins, marbled endpapers and edges. Frontispiece and 31 plates from photographs, engravings within the text. Prize bookplate. A little scuffing and some small marks to the binding. Excellent condition.