London: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey & Co., 1886. Inscribed and signed by author and dated 1896. 8vo. 5-3/4" x 8-5/8." 89 pp. including notes and Index of names. 5 pp. publisher's ads. Green cloth covered boards stamped in gold. Previous owner's initials on free front endpaper, also another owner's name at top of title page. Very faint trace of smell of an old book. Overall a tight, clean very good copy. Item #453
From the Introduction: "As an instinctively religious being, man is constitutionally concerned in the sublime science which, more perhaps than any other department of physics, has enabled him to look "through nature up to nature's God." If "an undevout astronomer is mad," the converse is at least measurably true: unastronomic piety is mad. For if science without devotion be defective, because the spiritual is the necessary inspiration of the material, devotion without science is also defective, because the material is the necessary embodiment of the spiritual. Science without religion is a corpse; religion without science is a ghost."