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1 Broughton, R. Peter. LOOKING UP: A HISTORY OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA.
Toronto Dundurn 1994 1550022083 / 9781550022087 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
288 pp, oblong (8 3/4" H x 11 1/4" D). B&w photographs, reproductions. "One hundred and twenty-five years ago eight men met on December 1, 1868, to form the Toronto Astronomical Club. Among them were a tailor, a teacher and a cabinet-maker. How surprised these ordinary citizens would be to see that their little group has grown into an organization of over 3000 members in all parts of the country, in the United States and overseas. Twenty-two cities from St John's to Victoria have local chapters or 'Centres' of the RASC. Novices and naturalists, amateurs and professional scientists all play important roles in this remarkable success story. General readers will be surprised to find out what amateurs can learn from the sky, at meetings and through the Society's publications. Leaders of other volunteer organizations, educators looking for ways to promote greater appreciation of science, and local historians interested in the role of the Society in the life of their communities will find helpful ideas in this book. And members themselves will be better equipped to make decisions for the future through an appreciation of the development of the Society, its individual Centres and the men and women who have led them." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two small shallow dents at top edge of rear board. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top rear edge and at bottom of spine, minor rubbing, 2" faint scratch on rear panel. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE MAGICAL ARTS: A SHORT HISTORY, Burland, C. A.
2 Burland, C. A. THE MAGICAL ARTS: A SHORT HISTORY
London Arthur Barker 1966 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
196 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). B&w illustrations. "From the earliest time man has been fascinated by visions and dreams, and by the discovery that there were men who could, by magical powers, improve a crop or foretell the weather. As civilization grew there were demands for knowledge which would give control over other men or protection from the wiles of enemies. The study of magic and counter magic became important in the policy of states. Later magic was denounced as a work of the Devil, and then the Devil himself was demoted to become a laughing stock. Yet even nowadays there exist in the most advanced nations societies devoted to magical practices, who deal in strange rituals, and promote the interests of their membership against all enemies. A careful study shows that there is a good deal of scientific knowledge involved in the vast and complex network of 'magical' practice today. This book sets out to show some of the main lines of influence which have led to the present traditions. It treats the subject as if if were a tapestry of many strands each of which has a line of origin from which it traverses like a weft thread on the warp of universal psychological experience. This book is a short history of a complex development. It is planned as a groundwork from which the interested reader can advance to further detailed studies." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, small slight bump at top corner of both boards. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear, a few small closed tears, jacket has been laminated for protection and to prevent further deterioration over the center portion (panels, spine and flap-folds). 
Price: 32.50 USD
 
 
3 Cremony, John C. LIFE AMONG THE APACHES.
New York Indian Head Books 1991 0880296526 / 9780880296526 Facsimile Reprint. Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
322 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). Facsimile reprint of 1868 edition. From the Introduction: "We have never striven to make ourselves intelligently acquainted with (the various tribes occupying the vast region which extends from the Colorado river on the west, to the settlements of Texas on the east, and from Taos in New Mexico to Durango in the Mexican Republic). Nearly all that relates to them is quite as uncertain and indefinite to our comprehension as that which obtains in the center of Africa. Those who were best informed on the matter, and had given it the closest attention, were, at the time - most unfortunately - the least capable of imparting their information; while those who were ignorant of the subject have been the most forward to give the results of their fragmentary gleanings. If this volume shall have the effect of bettering our present deplorable Indian policy, by letting in some light, it will accomplish the author's object." The author was "Interpreter to the U.S. Boundary Commission, under the Hon. John R. Bartlett, in 1849, '50 and '51, and late Major of California Volunteer Cavalry, operating in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Western Arkansas." Dust jacket has a few areas of very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE RESTLESS SUN., Wentzel, Donat G.
4 Wentzel, Donat G. THE RESTLESS SUN.
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1989, first edition. 
279 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0874749824 B&w photographs, drawings, graphs, colour plates. "(N)oted astronomer and teacher Donat G. Wentzel presents an informative portrait of our closest star. Our Sun exhibits am azing physical properties: the seething core, where enormous pressure fires the nuclear reactions that radiate light and heat; the surface layers, where fiery gases are in constant motion (except in the relative 'peace' of dark sunspots); an d t h e c o rona, which reaches temperatures of more than one million degrees Fahrenheit. Going beyond the physical description, Wentzel gives the reader a broad perspective on contemporary solar science. Can we predict how changes in the Sun wi ll in fl ue n ce l ife on earth? Is our Sun a 'typical' star? Can our investigation of the Sun enrich our understanding of more distant stars and of cosmology? Finally, Wentzel probes the need to weigh the benefits of solar science against the cos t s. Ne w t ec hno log y may soon let us explore more deeply the fiery interiors of the Sun and other stars, answering questions that are now beyond our grasp. Most projects require extensive advance planning and may take decades to complete. How c an we b e su re that suc h projects are worthwhile? Written for the popular science reader, (this book) will appeal to everyone intrigued by the solar system." Previous owner's name on front pastedown, light wrinkling and small bump at to p/bot tom of rear hing e, a few tiny scuff marks on rear cover. Dust jacket has wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, flap-folds and front panel; slight fading to spine color; a few tiny edge tears and dints, area of dampness mark/wrinkle at top e dge of rea r pa nel. Very G ood /Very Good- 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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