London: Taylor, Walton, and Marberly, 1852.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003835
4to (285 x 225 mm). xxi, 251  pp., lithograped frontispiece, text illustrations, pages uncut and mostly unopened. Original publisher's blindstamped green cloth, gilt-lettered front board and spine, original yellow endpapers (spine sunned, boards little soiled, corners bumped, binding a bit weak) Provenance: Birr Castle Estate; title inscribed, "Earl of Rosse, Pres. R.S., with Author's Compts." Provenance: Birr Castle Estate. ----
VERY RARE FIRST EDITION AND PRESENTATION COPY BY THE AUTHOR TO THE EARL OF ROSSE, of this important catalogue chiefly of double stars observed by William Rutter Dawes and John Russell Hind. The work also provides a detailed description of the South Villa Observatory and its equipment, and concludes with observations of minor planets and comets discovered by Hind and others. George Bishop (1785-1861), was a noted English astronomer and member of the Royal Astronomical Society. In 1836 Bishop was able to realise a long-held intention by erecting an astronomical observatory near his residence at the South Villa of Regent's Park, on which he spared no expense in order to ensure that it would be of practical use. "I am determined," he said when choosing its site, "that this observatory shall do something." A testimonial was awarded to Bishop by the Royal Astronomical Society in 1848 "for the foundation of an observatory leading to various astronomical discoveries" and presented to him with a warmly commendatory address by Sir John Herschel (cf. Howard-Duff).
Content: Introduction; Description of the observatory -- Catalogue of double stars -- History of double-star astronomy -- Historical and descriptive notes on the double stars -- Observations of the planets Iris and Flora, discovered at Mr. Bishop's observatory -- Observations of the other newly-discovered planets: Astræa, Neptune, Hebe, Metis -- Cometary observations -- Observations of a new or variable star in Ophiuchus, discovered at Mr. Bishop's observatory, 1848 -- Appendix: On the planets Victoria and Irene, recently discovered at Mr. Bishop's observatory, by Mr. Hind.
References and literature: I. Howard-Duff, George Bishop (1785-1861) and His South Villa Observatory in Regent's Park. In: Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 96, No.1, 1985, pp. 20-26. - Visit our website to see more images!
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