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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
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
Der Beglei...
Hohe, F.
Der Begleiter. Wissenschaftliche Tabellen und Notizen mit vier kolorirten Karten. Eine Gedächtnisshife für Jedermann.
München, Friedrich Hohe, 1857. Small 8vo (12.3 x 9.3 cm). viii, 240 pp. Original ruled half cloth over pebbled boards. Gilt title on the spine.
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A fine copy of a rare and unusual almanac and gazetteer made and published by an unsuccessful painter
Ueber zwei...
Humboldt, A. von
Ueber zwei Versuche den Chimborazo zu besteigen.
Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta, 1836. 8vo (17.4 x 11.0 cm). viii, 283 pp. [Von Humboldt's paper on pp. 176-206]. Contemporary pebbled cloth; spine with black leather label with gilt title.
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Humboldt on reaching the point farthest from the Earth’s centre