This little book, written by an expert in the fields of astronomy and the use of globes, offered the reader a concise introduction to the subjects, condensed from a series of lectures organised by the author and delivered in London before several scientific institutions. Its aim was to inform the 'pupil' about the fundamental principles and features of astronomy to that he might study the science in greater depth with at least some level of understanding and appreciation.
William Newton (1786-1861) was the second son of John Newton (1759-1844), and joined his father in the family firm of globemakers around 1818. After 1841 the company name changed to W.E. and F. Newton, in recognition of the transfer of ownership passed to his eldest son William Edward Newton (1818-79).
Our copy is in good general condition for its age, bound in dark green cloth with a charming gilt illustration on the front showing 3 children with a globe in a handsome stand. This is framed by four impressed corner patterns of leaves, and a broad impressed border. A similar design is impressed on the back cover. Title in rather faded gilt letters on the spine. The exterior is somewhat worn consistent with age - some fading down the spine, a small tear to the cloth near the bottom front of the spine, all corners bumped with slight loss of cover, and some shelfwear to top & tail of the spine. A few dark spots can be seen on the back. Inside, however, the binding is firm, endpapers undamaged, and all pages clean and bright. At the back, after the index, is an 8-page 'abridged catalogue' of the firm's products - a mine of information in itself.