Item #17278 Overhead; or, what Harry and Nelly Discovered in the Heavens. Introduction by Leonard Waldo, of Harvard College Observatory., Annie Moore, Laura D. Nichols, pseud?
Overhead; or, what Harry and Nelly Discovered in the Heavens. Introduction by Leonard Waldo, of Harvard College Observatory.,
Overhead; or, what Harry and Nelly Discovered in the Heavens. Introduction by Leonard Waldo, of Harvard College Observatory.,
Overhead; or, what Harry and Nelly Discovered in the Heavens. Introduction by Leonard Waldo, of Harvard College Observatory.,

Overhead; or, what Harry and Nelly Discovered in the Heavens. Introduction by Leonard Waldo, of Harvard College Observatory.,

Boston: D. Lothrop and Company, [1878]. First edition of one of the first titles in the Harry & Nelly Marlow series of educational books for children on astronomy, botany, philosophy, history, and more. Another early title in the series was Eyes Right by Adam Stwin (pseudonym of James Richardson), which was published in the same year (we have not been able to determine priority). The present work features a professor character explaining astronomy to curious children Harry and Nelly Marlow. Frontispiece and dozens of text figures and full-page illustrations depicting astronomical phenomena, planets, telescopes, the moon, and more. Edgewear and some dustsoiling. Front hinge a bit worn at gutter, but holding firm. A very good copy of an uncommon book that is not often found in this condition. Publisher’s color-printed paper boards illustrated with two children observing the stars. Green cloth spine stamped in black and gilt. Octavo. [4], 246, [2] pp. Item #17278

Laura D. Nichols also wrote Underfoot (1881), Up Hill and Down Dale (1886), Nelly Marlow in Washington (also 1886), Lotus Bay (1889), and A Norway Summer (1897). We could not locate any other information on Nichols and Annie Moore, and both of their names may have been pseudonyms.

Leonard Waldo worked for the Harvard College Observatory through the 1870s before becoming the director of the Winchester Observatory at Yale. He worked with the very first members of the Harvard Computers, a group of women employed by the Harvard College Observatory to process large quantities of astronomical data, and even appears as a comedic figure in an 1879 spoof musical written about the observatory staff by computer Williamina Fleming (1857 – 1911). Waldo published papers on thermometry, the 1878 solar eclipse, and Mars. Winslow S. Upton and Williamina Fleming, The Observatory Pinafore (1879) (spoof musical).

Price: $250.00

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