London, Paris, New York: Cassell and Company, 1902. Reprint. Octavo; pp. viii, (1) 2-388 (2, blank); 1 plate (frontis, detached); 94 in-text illustrations; 'Zebra' marbled endpapers; a.e.g.; full green leather with five raised bands; double gilt ruled border on both boards with Armidale School crest gilt blocked on the top board; gilt and black embossed borders on the spine lettering in gilt; gilt dentelles with glowing acorn motif.
Leather on spine has faded; school prize plate affixed to front paste-down; the "Rembrandt Frontispiece"photo illustration of the Meridian Room, Cambridge University is detached and chipped and very brittle (image unaffected); title page moderately foxed otherwise mostly claen thoughout with occasional mark; Armidale bookseller sticker to rear paste-down. Item #1578
First published in 1889, Ball's popular talks were revised in 1899 and by 1902 had reached the thirty first thousand print. Ball was an Irish astronomer rememebrerd for developng screw theory.