A history and description of the Royal observatory, Cape of Good Hope

By: Gill, David

Price: $375.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket


The book is a folio in the original blue cloth with blind ruling, gilt title to the spine. It measures 15" x 10.5. It is in good antiquarian condition. Ex-library with spine numbers on the spine, some rubbing at the corners and spine tips worn. Some wrinkling to the cloth on the boards, and some small white dots on the boards (see photo) along with general scuffing, some denting at the fore-edges (looks as if rubber bands/elastics had been used). Interior has normal library marks including old pocket, Royal Astronomical Society stamp on the first blank. Title page has some light library pencil marks, otherwise clean and unmarked. All plates present and in good condition. The pocket at the rear is present and the two folding plans are present and in good condition, one small wrinkle at one corner of one, a very short clean tear in the margin, otherwise crisp and clean. This is a nice copy, complete with all plates and plans, of David Gill's history of the Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope, dating back over 100 years, at the time one of the most important observatories in the world. The Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, is the oldest continuously existing scientific institution in South Africa. Gill, 1843-1914,used the parallax of Mars to determine the distance to the Sun, and also measured distances to the stars. He perfected the use of the heliometer. He was a pioneer in the use of astrophotography, making the first photograph of the Great Comet of 1882, and one of the early proponents of the Carte du Ciel project. He was also one of the first to realize that the new technology, photography, could be used to help pinpoint and study stars. He was Her Majesty's Astronomer at the Cape of Good Hope from 1879 to 1906; Ex-Library; Folio 13" - 23" tall

Title: A history and description of the Royal observatory, Cape of Good Hope

Author Name: Gill, David

Categories: Astronomy/Space,

Publisher: Edinburgh, Neill & co., Edinburgh: 1913

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 7886