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Bessel, F. W.
Astronomische Untersuchungen. Erster Band [AND] Zweiter Band. [Complete].
Königsberg in Preussen, Gebrüder Bornträger, 1841-1842. Two volumes in one (26.5 x 21.9 cm). 4to. viii, 314; iv, 308 pp. Contemporary style marbled boards. Red morocco label with gilt title on the spine.
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Bessel's rare astronomical and mathematical heritage - personally selected
Mémoire su...
Cauchy, A.L.
Mémoire sur les intégrales définies [AND] Mémoire sur la theorie de la propagation des ondes a la surface d'un fluide pesant...
Paris, Academie des Sciences, 1827. 4to (25.5 x 20.0 cm). In a fine contemporary full calf binding. Spine with five raised bands, red and black morocco title vignettes and gilt floral patterns; boards with dentelles; lightly red-speckled edges.
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Two beautiful mathematical works in a ditto contemporary binding
Clairaut, J. B., a.o.
Miscellanea Berolinensia ad incrementum scientiarum ex scriptis Societati Regiae Scientiarum exhibitis. Edita, continuatio III, sive Tomus IV. Cum figuris et indice materiarum.
Berolini, Johann Andreas Rüdiger, 1734. Small 4to (20.5 x 16.0 cm). vi, 405 pp.; 11 mostly folded engraved plates. Contemporary full mottled calf. Spine with five raised, gilt-ornamented bands; compartments rich gilt, red morocco label with gilt title. Edges speckled red.
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A fine collection of astronomical, geographical, mathematical and other researches
Cook, J.
Transitus Veneris & Mercurii in eorum exitu è disco Solis, 4to mensis Junii & 10mo Novembris, 1769, observatus. Communicated by Capt. James Cook.
London, The Royal Society, 1772. 4to [22.3 (title page 21.5) x 16.9 cm)]. Title page, four pp. Disbound.
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Report of James Cook's primary objective: observing the transit of Venus
Mémoires d...
Delaunay, C. et al.
Mémoires de l'Académie des Sciences de l'Institut de France Tome XLI renfermant les mémoires, rapports et documents relatifs a l'observation du passage de Vénus sur le soleil.
Paris, Firmin Didot Frères, Fils et Cie., 1874. Large 4to (28.5 x 22.5 cm). Title page, 460 pp.; three large, multi-folded maps of the earth, relating to areas where useful observations could be made, and two (one large, folded) plates with observation instruments. Contemporary mottled boards. Printed label on the spine.
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Rare papers on the preparation of the 1874 Venus-Sun transit observation, contributing to its success
A letter f...
Flamsteed, J.
A letter from Mr. Flamsteed concerning the eclipses of Saturns satellit's [sic = Jupiter] for the year following 1684, with a catalogue of them, and informations concerning its use.
London, The Royal Society, 1683. 4to (21.5 x 16.4 cm). pp. 404-415, including a three-page catalogue of the visible eclipses. Loose pages, unbound.
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A rare paper by Flamsteed on the eclipses of Jupiter
A history...
Gill, D.
A history and description of the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope.
London, His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1913. Folio (36.5 x 27.5 cm). cxc, 136 pp.; frontispiece with two photos, 58 [11, 16, 23, 5, 3] plates (line drawings and photos; sometimes several "plates" on one sheet), 19 text figures. Folded two-colour sheet of the plan of the observatory, and large folded diagram (i.e. map) of the geodetic triangulation of South Africa and adjacent countries. Original blue embossed cloth. Spine with gilt title.
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Very rare history of South African astronomy
Nova demon...
Grandami, J.
Nova demonstratio immobilitatis terrae petita ex virtut magnetica. Demonstratio immobilitatis terrae. Terra in aeternum stat. Aequivaletia longitudinum. Meridianus universalis sine declinatione.
La Flèche, George Griveau, 1645. Small 4to (20.0 x 15.3 cm). Engraved title page, [vi], 162 pp. [1-24; 33-170]; six engraved plates (of which three larger, folded), 23 (groups of) large, engraved text illustrations (some occupying a whole page), one table in the text. Early to mid-19th century polished quarter calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt lines and ornaments, and two red morocco labels with gilt title and date. Red edges.
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Hard to disprove: Earth does NOT move
Hamy, E. T. et al.
Centenaire de la fondation du Muséum d'Histoire naturelle. 10 juin 1793 – 10 juin 1893. Volume commémoratif publié par les professeurs du Muséum.
Paris, Imprimerie Nationale [for Les professeurs du Muséum], 1893. Large 4to (32.6 x 25.2 cm). vi, 571 pp.; 15 plates of which seven in chromolithography (of which five by Keulemans). Later green roan. Spine with elaborate period-style gilt ornaments, green inlays, and gilt title. Green roan 'endpapers'. Original printed front wrapper bound in.
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A milestone in natural history - illustrated by John Gerrard Keulemans
On the Geo...
Herschel, W.
On the Georgium Sidus.
London, The Royal Society, 1783. 4to (26.0 x 20.4 cm). 14 pp. Later, period style, marbled wrappers.
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Herschel, W.
Catalogue of double stars. Read December 9, 1784.
London, The Royal Society, 1785. Large 4to (25.5 x 19.0 cm). Engraved title page, vii, 212 pp. Original grey front wrapper.
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Herschel's important second catalogue, listing 434 double stars discovered since the delivery of his first catalogue
On the con...
Herschel, W.
On the construction of the heavens.
London, The Royal Society, 1785. 4to (27.4 x 21.1 cm). Engraved title page; 54 pp.; one very large, double folded plate. Later quarter calf over marbled boards in a beautiful, contemporary style. Spine with five raised, gilt-ornamented bands; compartments rich gilt with floral vignettes, and two red morocco labels with gilt title. All edges red.
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The first serious attempt to determine the shape of the Milky Way