[ASTRONOMY]. MITCHELL, O.M. (author). The Orbs of Heaven or the Planetary and Stellar Worlds. A popular exposition of the great discoveries and theories of modern astronomy. London; Routledge, Warne, And Routledge. 1859.
8vo. Original light brown pebble-grained cloth, panelled in blind to both covers and elaborately gilt to spine; pp. [viii] + 304 + 8, publisher's catalogue; with engraved title-page, frontispiece, full-page plates, historiated initials and vignettes throughout together with a total of 15 diagrammatical plates of planets and nebulae printed on blue ground; externally pretty, with minor rubbing to extremities; internally with a couple of gatherings slightly proud although no cracking, occasional slight spotting and marking, lacking the frontispiece tissue-guard.
Early "new" edition of a book first published in 1851 with just 6 plates. The volume includes appendices on the telescope, observatories, Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton.