1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Item #001838
Large folio (527x323 mm). Double-page engraved title, 27 double-page engraved star maps mounted on guards, very light foxing to title, minor staining to upper corners and occasional spotting or soiling. Contemporary half morocco, spine gilt, later marbled boards and endpapers. Provenance: Library of Gerald F. Fitzgerald. A fine copy. ----
Brown, Astronomical Atlases p. 65; DSB VI, p. 112. - First edition of Harding's important atlas, the "well-executed and carefully thought out work of a capable observer" (Brown). Harding's career as an astronomer began in 1796 when he became a private tutor in the household of A. H. Schröter, who had a private observatory at Lilienthal, near Bremen. The best observations of great planets during that time were made at Lilienthal, mostly by Harding; and the Vereinigte Astronomische Gesellschaft was founded there. Its primary aim was to make star charts. This aim was realized only by Harding, who drew up a celestial atlas containing about 60,000 stars. While working on the chart, Harding discovered (1804) the third asteroid and named it Juno Georgia in honor of George III. He also discovered three comets.
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