Title Holcomb, Fitz, and Peate: three 19th century American telescope makers.
Binding Soft Cover
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher Washington, Smithsonian Institution, 1962
Seller ID 20366
Introduction by Robert P. Multhauf. Pages 156 to 184, illustrations, wrappers, very good, 8-1/2 by 11 inches. Contents : Amasa Holcomb, autobiographical sketch.--Henry Fitz, by J. F. Howell.--John Peate, by F. W. Preston and W. J. McGrath, Jr. Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology; Paper 26. Practically all the telescopes used by amateur scientists in 18th century America were of European origin. Our dependence upon foreign sources for these instruments continued well into the 19th century, and the beginning of telescope making in this country has conventionally been associated with the names of Alvan Clark and John Brashear, whose work dates from the 1860s. Presented here are biographical sketches of two predecessors and a contemporary of Clark and Brashear whose obscurity is not deserved. The accounts relate some hitherto little-known aspects of telescope making in America as it progressed from mechanic art to science."
AMARA HOLCOMB HENRY FITZ JOHN PEATE AMERICAN TELESCOPE MAKERS