Item #CNFBV126 Alvan Clark & Sons, Artists in Optics. Deborah Jean Warner, Robert B. Ariail.
Alvan Clark & Sons, Artists in Optics

Alvan Clark & Sons, Artists in Optics

Richmond, Virginia: Willmann-Bell, Inc., in association with National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, (1996). Second Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 304 pp. Fine. Item #CNFBV126

We cannot state this subject of this work any better than did the authors in the Introduction: "Alvan Clark and his two sons, George Bassett and Alvan Graham, figured importantly in the great expansion of astronomical facilities which occurred during the second half of the 19th century...[f]ive times the Clarks made the objectives for the largest refracting telescopes in the world; and the fifth of their efforts, their 40-inch lens at the Yerkes Observatory, remains today the largest working refractor."

A fascinating look at the developments and work of this family: replete with illustrations, black-and-white reproductions of photographs, and charts.

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in glossy pictorial paper over boards, on the front board an illustration of a 30-inch lens on a rough equatorial mount (details on the back cover), on the back board a summary of the book and a full description of the illustration on the front, prior bookseller label on the front free endpaper; octavo size (9 3/16" by 6 3/16"), pagination: [i-ii] iii-v [1, blank] 1-298.

___CONDITION: Fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; as new from the publisher.

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