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Brewster, David. The martyrs of science; or, the lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1841. 12mo (15.8 cm; 6.25"). , 2, , iv–xi, , 14–240, 8 (advts.) pp. $75.00
First American edition of detailed biographies of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler from a Scottish scientist, academic administrator, and historian known for inventing the kaleidoscope. The DNB notes Brewster's family was amused by the title of the work since => none of these scientists were actually martyrs.
The present text was published in Harper's series "Family library" as no. 130; advertisements for other Harper publications follow the text.
Shoemaker 41-815. Publisher's textured charcoal-colored cloth, gilt-stamped spine; lightly rubbed and cocked, spine partially repaired with black tape. Ex–social club library: bookplate and call number label on front pastedown, pressure-stamp on title-page; light age-toning with a handful of small dots, water-staining to upper third of most leaves. (37259) Please RESHELVE This.
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