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Palomar Observatory Sky Survey

Original ~1959 copy. This survey dominated astronomy for decades. These are 14-inch-square photographic negative prints (stars look like black dots). Each of the 879 fields of the sky, from the North Celestial Pole to –30° declination, has a photo in blue light, a photo in red light, and a transparent overlay from Dixon & Sonneborn’s A Master List of Nonstellar Optical Astronomical Objects, 1981. Probably weighs about 150 pounds. Presently in 3 cartons in the central USA. People or organizations wanting to acquire it should contact nsperling@sfo.com.


Histoire de L’Astronomie Ancienne, Depuis son Origine Jusqu’a L’Etablissement de L’Ecole D’Alexandrie.

Jean Sylvain Bailly. in French. Paris, 1781. 3 plates of zodiacal and ancient Egyptian figures. Pan-Babylonian speculations. 3 later volumes were called “modern astronomy”, ending in the author’s own 1700s. Original calf binding. Previous owners included important astronomer Nicholas Bobrovnikoff, and British Major-General Frederick Edward Sotheby. Bailly was a prominent astronomer. He became Paris’s first mayor after the Revolution and championed declaring that Jews were entitled to citizenship. He was guillotined in the Reign of Terror in 1793.

The Journal of Irreproducible Results
This Book Warps Space and Time
What Your Astronomy Textbook Won't Tell You

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