New-York: Published by Dayton & Newman, 1842. First American edition. 12mo, original blind-stamped brown cloth, gilt lettering, 165,  pages + 18 page publisher's catalog dated July, 1841 bound in the rear. 21 lithograph plates (incl. 5 folding). Woodcuts in the text. Cloth quite worn, with chipping at the head and foot of the spine and some splitting of the cloth along about an inch of the front joint; corners and lower edges of the boards bumped and rubbed; some light spotting to the cloth; some foxing and internal wear, including some chipping from the blank outer edge of the last 10-15 leaves. A good, sound copy.1. Item #16480
A nice example of an early work of popular astronomy, with attractive lithograph plates (many signed by G. W. Lewis of New York). The plates include views of the relative sizes of the planets (including the such planets as Vesta, Pallas, Juno and Ceres, asteroids that--like the later Pluto--were later classified as something other than planets when further evidence came to light), a view of Halley's comet, sunspots, moon craters, and the earth as viewed from Mars. Light slightly smeared contemporary Potsdam, N.Y. bookseller's stamp on the front free endpaper.