Third revised edition of this popular beginner's astronomy textbook, designed for the high school student or enterprising autodidact, with eight letters by Bowen to her sister laid in.
Very good plus.
"No study lends itself better to teaching by correspondence than astronomy."
"There are few scientific women in the south," claimed the Topeka State Journal in 1891; but of those few known to that reporter, "Miss Eliza A. Bowen, of Georgia, stands easily first." Bowen turned to teaching in middle age, after a failed business venture, "fully equipped by her early training for imparting a clear knowledge of Latin and the higher mathematic," and her "highest achievements have been in the science of astronomy." ASTRONOMY BY OBSERVATION originated as an article of distinction for Popular Science Monthly, and grew into this handbook of basic astronomy, used in schools throughout the U.S. Bowen's triple purpose for her textbook encompassed the education of high school students as well as the incidental enlightenment of teachers tasked with explaining astronomy without any prior grounding in the subject and graduates wishing for continued education through correspondence courses.
Enclosed letters to Bowen's "dear sister Belle," written when the author was in her late 60s, report the state of her illness and convalescence ("I am strengthening up real well and hope to be good as new soon"), local farming successes and failures ("Our garden is as hard as a rock and dry as ashes"), and her teaching activities ("My Sabbath School takes up most of my writing time. I was sorry to be drawn in, on account of my reading and writing time suffering.") A wonderful copy with family letters.
Read more: "Eliza A. Bowen," Topeka State Journal, 22 Feb 1891.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1890. Full title: Astronomy by Observation: An Elementary Text-Book for High-Schools and Academies. 11'' x 9''. Quarter brown cloth with original pictorial paper boards. Color frontispiece. Copiously and beautifully illustrated. Table of Oppositions and Conjuctions for 1890, 1891, 1892 laid in. With 94 pages. Moderate foxing to endpapers, lighter foxing throughout. Scuffing to boards at corners and edges. With: Three apparently complete and two partial draft autograph letters, to Bowen's sister Belle Williams and to "Emmi," all dated 1898 or 1899.
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