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SMYTH, William Henry

Sidereal Chromatics; being a re-print, with additions, from the "Bedford Cycle of Celestial Objects" and its "Hartwell Continuation" on the colours of multiple stars., 1864 1864

8vo. Original ribbed blue cloth, gilt lettering and star design to upper board, gilt lettering to spine; pp. x + 96, 1 colur plate; a little spotting throughout, very good. Provenance: presentation inscription to front pastedown "Presented to/ George Bulcher Esq. of Aylesbury/ with the respects of Dr. Lee/ Hartwell 21 April 1865". John Lee (1783-1866) of Hartwell was an astronomer and philanthropist, and is the dedicatee of the introductory letter printed in this book by Smyth, his near neighbour.

First edition. Scarce. W.H. Smyth (1788 - 1865) was a respected naval officer who became known for his hydrographic surveys of Italy and Sicily and as an astronomer. The observatory that he built at Bedford was reconstructed at John Lee's Hartwell estate, and it was here that Smyth made the observations that led to this, his last published work. "Admiral William Henry Smyth's Sidereal Chromatics (1864) represents a landmark achievement in nineteenth-century astronomy, offering the most precise observations of the colours of double stars yet recorded. An expansion upon his well-known Bedford Cycle of Celestial Objects, which garnered a gold medal from the Royal Astronomical Society, Sidereal Chromatics provides both a theory concerning the source of double-star colours and a method for determining their most exact description" (blurb from Cambridge Library Collecton 2010 paperback edition).

Binding
Original blue cloth
£300