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4to. cxx. Frontis. port. of Houzeau with facsimile signature. Printed wrappers; wraps a bit soiled. Rubber stamps on front cover (Dudley Observatory, Albany, NY). Pages uncut. Very good. RARE. Jean-Charles Houzeau de Lehaie (1820â€“1888), Belgian astronomer and journalist, "The scientist moved to New Orleans after being removed from the Belgian Royal Observatory for "outspoken political views". In Texas by 1858, he first worked as a surveyor, then moved to Uvalde and organized early scientific expeditions. He believed in the abolition of slavery and so aided the escape of some notable unionists from San Antonio. He soon had to flee, disguised as a Mexican laborer, into Mexico. Later in New Orleans, when the city had been taken by Federal forces, he ran a Union newspaper, the bilingual New Orleans Tribune - La Tribune de la Nouvelle-Orleans, then for eight years lived in Jamaica. Finally, having kept his European contacts, he was reinstated as director of the Royal Observatory in Brussels. In December 1882, however, Houzeau made a return trip to Texas. He led a scientific expedition to San Antonio to observe a locally visible transit of Venus across the face of the sunâ€”in those days a method of measuring time and gravity."
Title: Notes Biographiques sur J.-C. Houzeau. Avec Portrait.
Publisher: Bruxelles:, F. Hayez, 1889.: 1889
lbs: 3.00 lbs
Seller ID: Z1895