The Great Comet of 1811 Book Print, pub. 1814 210 x 130mm. Unframed
The Great Comet of 1811 was the brightest comet of the 19th Century. Seen here in an engraving of 1814 by HR Cook and published by Wilks of London in the same year, the scene is set in the road cutting on Otterbourne Hill with Winchester Cathedral prominent in the distance. Notice how the comet gives off a glow to the buildings and the faces of the observers who have stopped by the roadside to wonder at the great and to many, even at that time, frightening and portentous apparition.
In excellent condition.
An Astronomer's Life. Edwin Brant Frost 1st Ed.(1933).
Edwin Brant Frost (1866-1935) was the long - time director of the Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin, USA, taking over from George Ellery Hale. He edited the presitgious Astrophysical Journal for 30 years and specialised in spectroscopic studies of radial velocities and discovered the Beta Cephei variable stars. Frost was indeed a major figure in early 20th Century astronomy.
This book is in excellent condition with the dust jacket well - preserved in a loose plastic cover. Inside is a dedication from Frost himself to friends that looks likely from another copy.
Remembering that this is 1933, the book ads on the back cover reveal a "stirring autobiography" by Adolf Hitler: his infamous anti - semitic tirade, "Mein Kampf".
Also included is a publisher's slip that suggests this copy was a review copy for evaluation.
The fourth earl, Orrery, was a fervent promoter of the new science of the enlightenment and commissioned "Orrerys" as instruction tools for the public. Mind you the "public" he refers to are his gentry friends not the uneducated masses!
This contemporary model is hand made by one of the world's few remaining crafters of this most eccentric of machines. Made in hardwood with a brass, hand - etched face and machined brass planets, this model exemplifies the way the enlightenment thought of the universe - as a mechanical machine to be copied and then understood and then finally mastered for the wheels of the industrial revolution.