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Portraits of the Wild - Southern Africa
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Portraits of the Wild - Southern Africa

By Cubitt, Gerald

Hirt And Carter, 1986. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. heavy, extra postage may be required outside South Africa. some shelf wear on jacket. internally clean, neat and intact. very good copy. [SK]

$20.00

Verification and Extension of La Caille's Arc of Meridian at The Cape of Good Hope - 2 Volumes
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Verification and Extension of La Caille's Arc of Meridian at The Cape of Good Hope - 2 Volumes

By Maclear, Sir Thomas

Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, 1866. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Two volumes (complete). A sturdy, sound set. From the library of Robert Gray, once Bishop and Archbishop of Cape Town. The first free page is beautifully and carefully inscribed: "Presented by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to the Right Reverend Robert Gray DD Lord Bishop of Cape Town & Metropolitan Bishop's Court". Gray was one of the most influential and significant of clergyman in the history of South Africa. He was the first Anglican bishop, he founded the famous 'Bishops' school, he recommended the subdivision of the Diocese (a consequence of which was the open path for Bishop Colenso in Natal) among other achievements. This is one of the MOST important books of astronomy. Maclear, in charge of the Observatory at the Cape, reviewed La Caille's calculations of the longitude of Cape Town. These calculations appeared to show the planet was pear shaped. Maclear, in this book, found La Caille's errors and was able to prove, for the first time conclusively, that the Earth was round. Volume I: Identification of La Caille's Stations, and Comparison of the Ancient and Modern Measures; Description of the Modern Geodetic and Astronomical Instruments; Geodetic Operations for the Extension of the Arc; Abstract of the Astronomical Operations. Volume II: Astronomical Observations in the Extension of the Arc; Reduction of the Observations; Calculations of the Amplitudes; Elements of the Stars Observed. Both books have, at some stage, been rebound. Consequently both have newer end papers. The dusk-blue boards of both books have wear about all edges and corners from storage, shelving. They have scuffing and some handling rubbing and marks. They are sound and hale. In Volume I pp. to 81 (including diagrams) have tide stain marks from storage conditions. Page 81 has wear about the edges from storage. Later on pp 603-end have storage stains, marks and wear. There are, in between, casual and very shallow creases from use. The bulk of the contents are clean, clear, orderly, neat. Volume II: pp beginning-16 have storage marks, wear, some tanning. Page 2 has a handwritten correction. Pp. 395 to end have storage marks, very mild tanning. The final page has handwritten annotations (possibly by Gray but unlikely). Otherwise, the pages are clean, clear, tight, confident, certain, diligent, assured, pleasing. An agreeable set of these historic books. fk

$700.00

Results of Astronomical Observations made at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope in the Year 1857 / Results of Astronomical Observations made at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, in the Year 1858
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Results of Astronomical Observations made at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope in the Year 1857 / Results of Astronomical Observations made at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, in the Year 1858

By Maclear, Sir Thos

Saul Solomon & Co., Cape Town, 1872. Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Two volumes in one book (complete). The blue boards are scuffed, worn, knocked, marked from use and storage. They are steady and sure. The contents are most pleasing. They are healthy, assured, clean, clear, fresh-faced, assiduous, agreeably competent. fk

$75.00

Magnitudes of Stars contained in the Cape Zone Catalogue of 20,843 Stars for equinox 1900 - Zones-40* to -52*
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Magnitudes of Stars contained in the Cape Zone Catalogue of 20,843 Stars for equinox 1900 - Zones-40* to -52*

By Jones, H Spencer

His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. Poor/No Jacket. 140 pages (complete). A resolute copy. At some stage the book has languished in damp storage conditions. Consequently, the boards are stained, damaged at the side edges; within, the early and later pages are stained. The contents are a bit waved. The boards are steady and sound. The contents, aside from that mentioned above, are orderly, neat, clean, clear, diligent, presentable. fk

$32.00

Catalogue of 1680 Stars for the equinox 1900*0 from observations made at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, during the years 1905-1906

By Gill, Sir David (under direction of) ; Hough, S S (introduction)

His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1907. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. 44 pages (complete). A benign copy. The evening-blue boards have been stained about the edges and corners from damp storage conditions. The consequences within are that the bottom corners and page edges have damp tide-marks. The boards are steady, sound. The contents are mild. Previous owner stamps (Royal Society of Edinburgh). Some pages are uncut at the top. Aside from the damp consequences, the contents are clean, clear, confident, competent, diligent. fk

$50.00

Fundamental Catalogue of 1293 Stars for the equinox 1900 from observations made at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, during the years 1905 - 1911

By Gill, Sir David and Hough, S S (under direction of)

1915: His Majesty's Stationery Office, London. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 27 pages (complete). A benign copy. The boards have wear to the edges and corners. The bottom rear corner has storage staining. The boards have wear about the edges, corners from storage. They are steady, sound. The contents are mild. They are clean, clear, assured, diligent, agreeable. fk

$50.00

A Catalogue of 8560 Astrographic Standard Stars between declinations -40* and -52* for the equinox 1900 from observations made at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, During the Years 1896-99 - with appendices: I.- Comparison with other Catalogues and Derivation of Proper Motions. II.- Mean Declinations of 197 Fundamental Stars. III.- Catalogue of 134 miscellaneous stars

By Gill, Sir David (under direction of)

His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1906. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. 403 pages (complete). A sturdy copy. The evening-blue boards have storage knocks and wear, scuffing, marks. They are steady and sure. Within, the early pages have been stained about edges and are waved from damp storage conditions. There are previous owner stamps (The Royal Society of Edinburgh). Most of the pages are uncut at the top. In general, the contents are tranquil, clean, clear, diligent, assured, assiduous, confident, competent. Please note that due to the weight of the book, should the book need be posted to outside of South Africa, extra postal charges may be required. fk

$55.00

A Catalogue of 3007 Stars, for the equinox 1890.0, from observations made at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope during the years 1885 to 1885 - With Appendices:- 1.-Comparison with other catalogues. II.-Meridian Observations of "Canis Majoris, Canis Minoris, (b) Centauri, (a1) & (a2) Centauri. III.- Positions of Southern Circumpolar Stars

By Gill, David (under direction of)

Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1898. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 263 pages (complete). A placid copy. The evening-blue boards are neat, agreeable. There is shelving wear to the corners and edges. The contents are benign and expectant. Previous owner stamps (Royal Society of Edinburgh). The pages are uncut at the top. The front pages have some storage wear and creasing. The frontis and end papers have storage marks. The title page has some storage staining along the top rim. The contents are most pleasing. They are calm, clean, clear, confident, conscientious, sober, detailed, decided. Please note that due to the weight of the book, should the book need be posted to outside of South Africa, extra postage charges may be required. fk

$52.00

Stargazing under the Southern Skies
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Stargazing under the Southern Skies

By Hirst, Robin and Sally

The Macmillen Company, 1987. First Edition. Softcover. Fair. The wraps are slightly shelf rubbed with minor ceasing, probably caused by some dampness. This pamphlet is internally clean, except for some scars at the rear pages. Tightly bound and complete with approximately 14 unnumbered pages. [B.K.]

$5.00

Other Suns Than Ours
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Other Suns Than Ours

By Proctor, Richard A

Longmans, Green and Company, 1903. New Impression. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. The boards are slightly shelf rubbed and show age related marks and insect damage. There is a rubber stamp on the front end page as well as on the half title page. Internally clean and tightly bound. The spine is slightly cracked within at the back and staining are visible. There is a pencil inscription on the half title page. It appears, as if this book is a gift from the Ranfurly Library Service and does not appear to be a library book. Complete with 419 pages. [B.K.]

$17.00

The Cosmic Spirit
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The Cosmic Spirit

By Berell, R Dr

Avrille Berell Publishers, 1993. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. The boards are slightly shelf rubbed and chipped at the corners. Internally clean and tightly bond. Complete with 53 + 31 pages. [B.K.]

$16.00

Navigateur Interplanetaire
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Navigateur Interplanetaire

By Diarra, Modibo Cheick

Albin Michel, 2000. Softcover. Good. The wraps are in a good condition, except for some minor creasing and a bit shelf rubbed. Internally clean and Tightly bound. Complete with 323 pages. French language. [B.K.]

$6.00

Sky Guide Africa South 2005
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Sky Guide Africa South 2005

By Slotegraaf, Auke

Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, 2005. Softcover. Very Good. The wraps are in a very good condition and appear as new. Internally clean and tightly bound. Complete with 121 pages. [B.K.]

$10.00

The astronomy of Southern Africa
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The astronomy of Southern Africa

By Moore, Patrick ; Collins, Pete

Howard Timmins, 1977. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. jacket is rubbed, chipped and creased. edge wear on boards. tanning, foxing and marks. well bound. fairly good copy and jacket.[S.K]

$13.00

The Southern Sky
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The Southern Sky

By Reidy, David : Wallace, Ken

Southern Book Publishers, 1987. Paperback. Good. wraps are shelf rubbed. light tanning and marks. ownership inscription. well bound. fairly good copy.[S.K]

$4.00

Ontsluier die Heelal : 'n inleiding tot sterrekunde
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Ontsluier die Heelal : 'n inleiding tot sterrekunde

By Zyl, J E van

J E van Zyl, 1983. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good/Poor. 388 pages (complete). In Afrikaans throughout. At the time of publication this was the only detailed book on astronomy in Afrikaans. An astonishingly assiduous, energetic, detailed and conscientous book. The dustjacket is much worn and scuffed all about. But, it is polite and placid, it is secure and sure. The boards are fit and sound. The first free page has a florid signature by a previous owner. Within, the pages are in very good order. They are clean, assured, confident, clear, bright and most diligent. fk

$55.00

Manuel Pratique d'Astronomie
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Manuel Pratique d'Astronomie

By Rudaux, Lucien

Biblioteque Larousse, Paris, 1925. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fair/No Jacket. 256 pages (complete). In French throughout. Lucien Rudaux was an astronomical painter and pioneer. His paintings of the surface of the Moon and of Mars were sufficiently prescient and accurate that they are still held true today! A crater on Mars has been named after him. His photographs of the planets (in this book) were among the best of their kind at the time. His methods blazed a path followed by many. This copy of this fascinating book is quarter leather. It is much worn and knocked about from storage. The covers, edges, corners and spine are worn and scruffy and marked. The papertrims are mildly marked. Inside, the pages are annotated and much used. However, they are eager, informative, clear, comprehensive, diligent, content. fk

$19.00

Larousse Encyclopedia of Astronomy
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Larousse Encyclopedia of Astronomy

By Rudaux, Lucien and Vaucouleurs, G. de

Batchworth Press Limited, London, 1959. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fair/Poor. 506 pages (complete). A comprehensive, authoritative encyclopedia of astronomy from the pre-landing-on-the-moon era. In general fair condition. The dustjacket is tough but is much worn and torn and marked. The cloth cover is strong. There is marking and fading along the edges. The contents are clear, sure, sound, clean and efficient. fk

$30.00

Charles Piazzi Smyth: Astronomer-artist : his Cape years, l835-1845
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Charles Piazzi Smyth: Astronomer-artist : his Cape years, l835-1845

By Warner, Brian

A.A. Balkema, Cape Town and Rotterdam for the University of Cape Town, 1983. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. signed. 144 pages (complete). Signed by Brian Warner on the title page. Not many people can or could boast of having a crater on the moon named after them. Charles Piazzi Smyth would have been one of them. He was Astronomer Royal for Scotland and worked, under tough financial conditions, in the now iconic Observatory on Calton Hill in Edinburgh. His early years in Cape Town made him hungry for astronomical research and clearer skies for observation. This copy is handsome and neat. The front cover has some mild surface marking. Inside, the contents are tidy, tight, clear, clear as if unread throughout. fk

$75.00

Astronomers at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope: A history with emphasis on the nineteenth century
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Astronomers at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope: A history with emphasis on the nineteenth century

By Warner, Brian

A. A. Balkema, Cape Town and Rotterdam for the University of Cape Town, 1979. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Fair. signed. Signed by Author(s)132 pages (complete). Signed by Brian Warner on the title page. In general very good condition. The dustjacket is whole, entire and strong. It is worn and much scuffed and marked. The spine of the dj is sunned. The cover is handsome and smart. There is mild wear to the shelving edges and corners. It is very secure and sure. The contents are as new throughout. The pages are fresh, bright, tight, clean and clear. fk

$100.00

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