London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1855.
First English Edition. Pamphlet. Fair with no dust jacket. Item #9168
Bound into library folder, library stamps/marks/labels/pocket, lacks rear cover, tone, loosening from folder binding, otherwise light wear. Paperback sewn pamphlet within stiff cardboard folder. ; Adventurous early career of French mathematician and astronomer Dominique François Jean Arago, with several imprisonments, ship captures and escapes during the French occupation of Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Translated by the Oxford mathematian Baden Powell, father of Robert Baden-Powell of Boy Scouts fame. Arago's work, measuring a meridian arc in order to determine the exact length of a metre, earned him election as a member of the French Academy of Sciences, at the remarkably early age of twenty-three. ; Traveller's Library; Ex-Library; Vol. 17; 122 pages.