Hand-book of Descriptive and Practical Astronomy


    THE avowed aim of the author of this work, since the publication of the first edition in 1861, has been to keep its pages up to date—to make it a sort of vade mecum to astronomers; and, regarded as a book endeavouring to effect a compromise between purely elementary works on astronomy and advanced treatises, it is worthy of some praise. With the many remarkable developments of astronomical science during the last quarter of a century, the bulk of the original volume has been somewhat increased by additions, and it has now been decided henceforth to publish the work in three divisions, viz.—

    Hand-book of Descriptive and Practical Astronomy.

    By G. F. Chambers Part I. The Sun, Planets, and Comets. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1889.)

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    Hand-book of Descriptive and Practical Astronomy. Nature 41, 49–50 (1889). https://doi.org/10.1038/041049b0

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