The Uses of Astronomy, a Discourse [forming a part of] The Inauguration of the Dudley Observatory at Albany, August 28, l856.

Albany: Charles van Benthuysens Print, 1856.

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First Edition. Engraved Portrait after a photograph by Mathew Brady. 1 vols. 8vo. NO COPY LOCATED IN NUC. Later 3/4 brown morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt with raised bands, bound by Stikeman. Extremities slightly rubbed; a Very Good copy.

Item #1620

In addition to the "Discourse" by Everett, this book, issued in honor of the dedication of the Dudley Observatory at Albany contains various speeches and a long poem dedicated to the American Association for the Advancement of Science by Alfred B. Street. The speeches include a eulogy by Washington Hunt, and remarks by A. B. Gould, Benjamin Pierce and A.D. Bache. The Observatory had not as yet been built when this book was published. This was simply, it seems, a celebration of sorts given in honor of the donors of funds to build it. Mr. Dudley's widow, to whom the discourse is dedicated, was the most generous of donors pledging the, then enormous, sum of $12,000. Although other editions of the "Discourse" with condensations of the events appear in NUC, there seems to be no copy of this edition located.