Columbus: Printed by Charles Scott, 1853. First edition. Original blind-stamped black cloth, 8.88 x 5.75 inches, iv, 428 pages. Spine chipped at the head and the foot; corners rubbed; some light staining and dust-soiling; in good condition. Item #19782
“ ‘The meteor rose from west to east with a slow and steady motion,’ and in its progress it passed above or to the north of the moon; ‘and when it had arrived on the eastern side, turned directly towards the south-east, and dropping down below the moon, a part of its attendant train swept over the lunar disk.’ It gradually descended to the horizon in the south-east.” The second volume of this early American educational journal, the recurring column on meteorology here in the December issue summarizing a report of what is sometimes considered an early American account of a U.F.O. sighting, this in Hartford, Conn. on October 3, 1850; this version of the account is condensed from an paper delivered by Professor John Brocklesby of Trinity College at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in 1851 (and collected in the Proceedings of that meeting in 1852). Contemporary bookplate on the front paste-down.