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An Account of the Revd. John Flamsteed, The First Astronomer-Royal

Compiled from his own manuscripts, and other authentic documents, never before published. To which is added his British Catalogue of Stars, corrected and enlarged.

Tables in the text. Uncut and partially unopened in the original maroon cloth-backed boards, corners bumped, original paper label on spine. From the libraries of William Patrick Adam (Blair Adam Library), E.N. da C. Andrade and Dr. Sydney Ross, with bookplates. An exceptionally good copy in original state.

First edition of the standard biographical account of Flamsteed; a difficult book to find. Besides Flamsteed's autobiographical works, Baily printed his voluminous correspondence with Newton, Wren, Halley and others, and the British Catalogue corrected and enlarged to include 3,310 stars. The chief source of information regarding Flamsteed is [the present work]. The materials for this valuable work were derived largely from a mass of Flamsteed's manuscript books and papers, purchased by the Board of Longitude for 100l. in 1771, which lay in disorder at the Royal Observatory until Baily explored them.... The first part of Baily's account contains Flamsteed's history of his own life and labours, compiled from original manuscripts in his own handwriting...The second part comprises the British Catalogue, corrected and enlarged to include 3,310 stars by Baily.

ID: 1999-00028
Baily, Francis

Creation Jan. 1, 1835 through Dec. 31, 1835


Topics: Astronomy

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