The Cycle of celestial objects continued at the Hartwell Observatory to 1859. With a notice of recent discoveries, including details from the Aedes hartwellianae.

SMYTH, William Henry

Published by John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, London, 1860
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Large 4to. pp. xi, [1], 480. With 6 plates including one color plate illustrating Encke's Comet. Numerous wood engravings illustrating also accompany the text. Bound in blind stamped violet publisher's cloth with the gilt image of a comet on the spine; head and tail caps neatly restored; spine is faded. Corner tips of boards repaired; inner hinges carefully strengthened. Interior pages are generally clean and fresh; some chipping to top edge of title page due to opening; light scattered foxing to several of the meridional table pages. Capt. William Henry Smyth (1788-1865) British Admiral and astronomer. He built an observatory ( Hartwell ) in Bedford where he carried on his astronomical investigations for many years. In 1844 he published his "Cycle of celestial objects for use of naval, military and private astronomers," (sometimes referred to as the Bedford catalogue), a work for which he was awarded the gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society [see DNB]. The present volume, according to the Memoires of the R.A.S. is "a supplement to the 'Bedford Catalogue' containing the results of observations made at Hartwell between the years 1839 and 1859, bringing up to the latter date the history of many of the more remarkable double stars. Among them 7 Virginis occupies a conspicuous place The same volume contains a history of all the circumstances attendant on the discovery of the planet Neptune " (Memoires of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 35. London, 1867. Col. 126, 127). [Crawford Library Cat., p.421]. Bookseller Inventory # 000388

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Title: The Cycle of celestial objects continued at ...

Publisher: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, London

Publication Date: 1860

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First edition.

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