8开。尺寸：18.5 x 29厘米。中文正文为331页。每叶纸上刻印两页，以中式古籍折页。书内有一幅木刻肖像，九幅全页插图，文内还有许多插图。稍有褐变及轻微染色。同时代的西方风格小牛皮装帧，封面和书脊烫金压线装饰。书脊上有书名，边缘细微磨损。
HERSCHEL, SIR JOHN FREDERICK WILLIAM / WYLIE, ALEXANDER (Transl.): [Outlines of Astronomy]. Tan tian (Talking about heaven). [Shanghai 1874].
Tall 8vo. Size: 18,5 x 29 cm. Three leaves comprising Chinese title, English preface by Wylie and a list of technical terms, followed by 331 leaves with Chinese text. Printed on double leaves
folded in the oriental fashion. With one wood cut portrait, 9 plates and many illustrations in the text. Some browning and light staining. Contemporary full calf in the western style, covers and spine ruled in gilt, title labels on spine, extremities lightly rubbed.
Second enlarged and revised Chinese edition (first 1859) of Herschel's famous "Outlines of Astronomy", originally published at London in 1849. It has been translated by Alexander Wylie from the tenth English edition. The engraving of the Chinese characters was undertaken in London, supervised by Thomas Jenner. John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871) was an English mathematician, astronomer, chemist and experimental photographer. He named seven moons of Saturn and four moons of Uranus, and originated the use of the Julian day system in astronomy.
His work "Outlines of Astronomy" was an enormous success and became the standard text book on astronomy during the second half of the 19th century. Alexander Wylie (1815-87) was a
British missionary who arrived at Shanghai in 1847 where he became in charge of the printing press. He published many scholarly works and translations during his time in China.
Price: Euro 6000