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1 ASTEN, Emilio von. Determinatio orbitae grandis cometae anni 1858 e cunctis observationibus. Dissertatio astronomica....
Bonn: Carl Georgi, 1858. 
4to. [iv], 16, [2] pp. Tables. Self-wraps. Ms. notations on top cover. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander (1799-1875), who became professor of astronomy at the Prussian University of Bonn in 1836. Among Argelander's students and assistants were Eduard Schönfeld, Adalbert Krueger, Leopold Kronecker, and Franz Woepcke. First Edition. 
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2 BACKLUND, Oskar (1846-1916). Calculs et Recherches sur la Comète d’Encke publieés. I. Tables pour le calcul de l’anomalie excentrique et du logarithme du Rayon Vecteur.
St. Petersburg: Akademiia nauk SSSR, Mémoires, 1892. 
4to. iii, 60 pp. Original printed wrappers; chipped at extremities, but generally very good. Series: 7. ser., v. 38, no. 8; v.41, no. 3; v. 41, no. 7. Backlund was a Swedish-Soviet astronomer specializing in celestial mechanics. He earned the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1909) and the Bruce Medal in 1914. 
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3 BRANDT, John C.; Malcolm B. NIEDNER, Jr.; Jürgen RAHE. The International Halley Watch Atlas of Large-Scale Phenomena.
Boulder: University of Colorado-Boulder, 1992. Signed
4to. 736 pp. Illus., index. Cloth. Fine. Signed by the author on title; additionally signed by a contributor, Don Yeomans (his copy). “This Atlas is one of the archive products of the International Halley Watch (IHW), and specifically of the IHW’s Large-Scale Phenomenon (LSP) Discipline. It presents a comprehensive record of the large-scale structure of Halley’s Comet in 1985 and 1986 obtained by a world-wide network of observers. {the Atlas] presents the evolving appearance of the comet throughout the apparition, and shows short-term changes and the effects of different observing techniques.” 
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4 BREDIKHIN, Fedor Aleksandrovich (1831-1904). "Sur les oscillations des jets d'emission dans les comètes." with: "Quelques remarques concernant mes recherches sur les comètes." with: "Sur les anomalies apparentes dans la structure de la grande comète de 1744."
Offprints from: Bulletin Ovshchestva Isp'itatelei Pripod'i. Moscow: Katkove, 1884-1885. 
8vo. 26; 20; 15 pp. No. 1: 1 folding lithographic plate. No. 3: 1 folding lithographic plate. Dis-bound. Ms. notations on first pages. Ex library rubber stamp. Very good. The study of comets was the major work of Fedor Bredikhin, who developed an important mechanical theory of a comet's form. DSB, II, pp. 432-435. 
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5 DELSEMME, Armand (1913-). Our Cosmic Origins; From the Big Bang to the emergence of life and intelligence.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988. 0521620384 / 9780521620383 
8vo. xviii, 322 pp. Illus., index. Black cloth, dust-jacket. Fine. ISBN 10: 0521620384 ISBN 13: 9780521620383 Delsemme was professor of astrophysics at the University of Toledo, Ohio. He was an authority on the chemical, physical, dynamical and evolutionary process of comets. 
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6 LUBIENIECKI, Stanislaw (1623-1675). Historia Cometarum, a Diluvio usque ad praesentem annum vulgaris Epochae à Christo nato 1665. decurrentem, Unà cum Indiculo laetorum & tristium eventuum, Cometarum apparitionem secutorum, In qua simul Synopsis quaedam Universalis Historiae proponitur. [With]: Theatri Cometici Exitus de Significatione Cometarum.
Amsterdami, apud Danielem Baccamude, Pro Francisco Cupero [Daniel Baccamude for Francis Cuyper] … 1666. 1668. 
Volume two, Parts II & III. Folio. [xii], 464; [3], 78, [6] pp. Collation: [ ]2, (*)4, A4 [i.e. A3-4], B4-3H4, 3I6, 3K4-3M4 ; [ ]2, A-I4, K6. With 2 a full allotment of 26 HAND-COLORED PLATES ON COMETS, CONSTELLATIONS, DIAGRAMS OF ORBITS, ETC., including 2 hand-colored title-pages (copperplate engravings by Bastiaen [Sebastiaan, or Sebastiaen] Stopendael [Stopendaal], 1637-1693/1707?) after M. Scheits, 1 hand-colored portrait of Joannes Ernestus de Rautenstein, 2 hand-colored double-page plates, and 21 full-page hand-colored plates, by Stopendaal, Gerardi, Gerritsz and others after M.C. Isenius and others. [Plates: 2 double-page: nos. 60 (weakness in paper causing split at gutter), 62; 21 full-page: nos. 62 (facing p.12), 63 (p.26), 64, (p.48), 71, (p.76 – ms. note), 67 (p.104), 70 (p.144), 77 (p.172 – torn at gutter), 66 (p.226), 85 (p.230), 81, (p.242), 79 (p.302 - upper margin torn), 79 (p.320), 74 (p.332), 72 (p.338 – torn at gutter), 70 (p.372), 71 (p.380 – ms. note), 73 (p.383), 68 (p.386), 88 (p.406 [Halley’s comet]), 86 (p.412), 77 (p.428)]. While the plates are numbered, there is no discernable arrangement if looking at just the numbering sequence [the lowest numbered plate is 60; the highest numbered plate is 88]. With addenda, index of the plates for both volumes I & II, appendix – all at rear. Pages 3/4 torn with considerable loss to lower corner; pp. 57/58, 175/176, 203/204 torn (no loss). Original full dark calf [ca. 1668], with gilt fillets and a wreath-like device on both upper and lower covers, all edges gilt and gauffered; crudely rebacked with blackish corded cloth (no attempt to match leather), with a very old spine mounted and weirdly stained white – the spine gilt decoration obscured by the white and yet with enough manuscript title (for this vol.) to indicate it belongs together, imitation nineteenth century-style marbled leaves and later endleaves (associated with the time of rebacking). 7 leaves with faint water-staining to outer margin (at front), some minor foxing. Inscription on title of the Collegii Neoburgensis … Jesu, 1667. Two plates with minor manuscript notations to the margins, one line manuscript with internal references (at rear). Very good. EXTREMELY RARE HAND-COLORED COPY; FIRST EDITION [parts II & III, but complete in itself]. Lubieniecki’s encyclopaedic treatise on comets contains a history of all known comets observed up to 1665. The first, and largest, part (lacking here) comprised Lubieniecki’s correspondence with 40 of the leading astronomers of his time. Lubienietski had enlisted the cooperation of the leading European astronomers in the investigation and survey of the 1664-65 comet. He corresponded with, and printed both sides of the correspondence, with more than forty astronomers including: Petrus van Bruxelles and Ismaël Boulliau, Rautenstein, Hevelius , Kircher, Schott, Bartholinus, Henry Oldenburg, Riccioli, Huyens, Regiomontanus, Voss, Langius, Guericke, Bullialdus, and others. Also in the first volume is the announcement of Geuricke’s Experimentum novum Magdeburgicum de vacuo spatio. The correspondents also supplied the author with illustrations on the comet, appearances and courses traversed. The second part (present here) contained a history of all the comets ever recorded in any chronicle or historical work. The third part in on the significance of comets. Halley’s Comet is shown during its 1607 apparition (facing p.406), in Ursa Major during late September-October. In another woodcut plate the destructive influence of a fourth century comet is shown (facing p.48). Another plate shows Pegasus, the winged horse (facing p.383). THIS FULLY CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLORED COPY IS THE ONLY RECORDED COPY OF LUBIENIECKI FOUND. BOUND AND EMBELLISHED FOR A SPECIAL PATRON. Lalande states, “Contient une vaste erudition.” The fine engravings consist of celestial maps showing the paths of comets and the figures of the constellations traversed. “Since each map represents the observations of a different astronomer, taken together they illustrate the variety of cartographic traditions popular during the seventeenth century. On many of the maps the choices of constellations, of constellation style, and of constellation names are strongly reminiscent of the celestial globes of Blaeu and Hondius. Several other maps carry the Judaeo-Christian constellations introduced by Plancius. From Rome, Kircher sent a map derived from those of Grienberger. On only a few maps are the stars identified by Bayer letters. None of the maps reflects any of the traditions popular during the previous century” – Warner, The sky explored, p 164. Only two complete copies of the first edition are recorded at auction since 1975 by ABPC: the Honeyman (lot 2052, a presentation copy) and Dunham copies. A third copy, with 3 additional titles and 81 plates, but lacking one of the 2 portraits, was sold by Sotheby’s, London, 13 April 1989 (lot 94). Of the three copies held by the British Library, two are substantially defective. Stanislaw Lubieniecki (Rakow 1623 – Hamburg 1675) is a Polish aristocrat, astronomer, preacher, historian and writer. He travelled in France and the Netherlands in 1650, took a position preaching in 1652 (Torun). Because of his religious beliefs, he was twice persecuted and deported from Poland and found refuge in Hamburg; then again persecuted in 1667 he was forced to relocate to Altona in the Netherlands. He studied astronomy and in particular the study of comets. In addition to the Theatrum Cometicum, he is also known for his Historia Reformationis Polonicae, (1685) (History of the Polish Reformation). Christof A. Plicht reported that the author died of a poison, perhaps given by a servant, or perhaps from ergotism, a toxic fungus [Hockey]. See: Biographie Universelle. References: Brown, Basil, Astronomical Atlases, Maps and Charts, p. 44 (1681 edition, “interesting but rather rare work”); Brunet III, 1194;Gascoigne 2310; Graesse, II, 270; Hockey, Thomas, Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers, I, p. 715; Poggengorff, I, 1508; Sotheby-Honeyman 2052; Thorndike, History of Magic and Experimental Science, VIII, p. 336; Warner, The sky explored, p 164; Yeomans, Donald K., Comets; A Chronological History of Observation, Science, Myth, and Folklore, (1991), pp. 69-94, 266. Not in Houzeau and Lancaster. Locations: Europe: Biblioteca Nacional de España, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers [Paris], Danish Union Catalogue and Danish National Bibliography, Leiden University, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt / Zentrale, Fristem (Netherlands), Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, NUKAT, Union Catalog of Polish Research Libraries, Observatoire de Paris, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Universitätsbibliothek Kiel, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Université de Strasbourg, Universitätsbibliothek Greifswald, Universitäts- und Forschungsbibliothek Erfurt/Gotha, Utrecht, Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen-Nürnberg. US: Adler, Duke University, NYPL, University of Chicago, Yale. First Edition. 
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7 RAHE, Jürgen; Bertram DONN; Karl WURM. Atlas of Cometary Forms; Structures near the Nucleus. NASA SP-198.
Washington, DC: NASA, 1968. 
4to. ix, [i], 128 pp. Numerous illus. Blue silver-stamped cloth. Very good. 
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8 SCHULTZ-STEINHEIL, C. A. “Definitive Bahnelemente des Kometen 1840 IV.”
Stockholm: P. A. Norstedt & Söner, 1890. 
Offprint from: Kongl. Svenska Vetenskaps-Akademiens Handlingar, Bandet 23, No. 14. 4to. 28 pp. 5 tables; paper browned. Original plain wrappers; covers off, extremities chipped, dis-bound. Ms. inscription on top cover. Good. 
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9 SCHULZE, L. R. Elemente des ersten Cometen vom Jahre 1830 mit Berüchsichtigung von 319 Beobachtungen.
(Leipzig: Breitkopf), [circa 1831]. 
8vo. 56 pp. Tables. Dis-bound. Good. 
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10 SOKOLOFF, Aleksei Petrovich (1853-1910). “Sur la queue du I type de la comète de 1858, V.”
Extracted from an unknown Bulletin, 1884. Moscow, 1884. 
8vo. 14 pp. 1 folding plate. Dis-bound. Ms. notation and rubber stamp on page 1. Good. 
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11 STECHERT, Carl Friedrich Gottlieb Peter Heinrich (1856-1909). Definitive Bestimmung der Bahn des Cometen 1881 IV. Inaugural-Dissertation….
Kiel: C. F. Mohr, 1884. 
4to. 30 pp. Tables. Printed wrappers; paper browned and extremely brittle with loss at extremities, does affect the text. Ms. notations on top cover. AS IS. 
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12 STEIN, Johann. Calixte III et la Comète de Halley. [Series]: Specola Astronomica Vaticana, II.
Rome: Vatican, 1909. 
4to. 40, [1] pp. Original printed wrappers; some offsetting to covers. Near fine. 
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13 TATTERSFIELD, D. Orbits for Amateurs with a Microcomputer. Volume II.
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1987. 0470203560 / 9780470203569 
8vo. xi, 159 pp. Navy gilt-stamped cloth. Ownership signature of Donald Yeomans. Fine. The orbits of comets are studied. ISBN: 0470203560 
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14 THORNDIKE, Lynn (ed.). Latin Treatises on Comets Between 1238 and 1368 A. D.
(Chicago): University of Chicago Press, (1950). 
8vo. ix, 274 pp. Latin texts, index. Red cloth, dust jacket. FINE. FIRST EDITION. The first publication of many key medieval Latin texts on comets including the writings of Aegidius of Lessines, & Peter of Limoges. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
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15 WHIPPLE, Fred L. (1906-2004). "Comet Kohoutek in Retrospect." In: Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 120, 1976.
Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1976. 
4to. (Article): 1-6 pp. (Whole volume): iii, 515 pp. Articles, photos, figs. Green boards, gilt spine. Blind stamp of Mount Wilson Observatory. Fine. Whipple was a highly respected American astronomer who, as director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, oversaw numerous projects of note (including the Radio Meteor Project). His particular area of expertise was comets, as evinced by this article. 
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16 WINLOCK, William Crawford (1859-1896). Observations of the Great Comet of 1882 made at the United States Naval Observatory. Rear Admiral R.W. Shufeldt…, Superintendent.
Washington, DC: GPO, 1883. 
At head of title: Washington Observation for 1880 – Appendix I. 4to. 38 pp. 5 lithographed plates. Later quarter black cloth, gilt-stamped spine title, black marbled boards. Fine. Winlock was the son of Joseph Winlock 1826-1875), the former Director of the Astronomical Observatory at Harvard College. Neither was able to have a long life… William died at just 37 years of age while his father was 49. 
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17 ZÖLLNER, Johann Carl Friedrich (1834-1882). Über die Natur der Cometen. Beiträge zur Geschichte und Theorie der Erkenntniss.
Gera: C.B. Griesbach, 1886. 
Third edition. 8vo. LXXVII, 354 pp. Frontispiece, 2 additional plates. Later blue gilt-stamped cloth. Some stains on leaves, but generally very good. First issued in 1872. From 1872 Zöllner, astrophysicist and one who studied optical illusions, held the chair of astrophysics at Leipzig University. Zöllner’s work showed that electrical processes of considerable intensity must take place in comets. “Of far-reaching significance was Zöllner’s theory of comets, in which he correctly assumed that elements of the nucleus of a comet gradually vaporize as it nears the sun.” – DSB XIV, p. 629. See also: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). “Zöllner, Johann Karl Friedrich”. Encyclopædia Britannica, vol. 28 (11th ed.), p. 1002. 
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18 [HALLEY’s comet] DONN, Bertram; Rahe, Jurgen; Brandt, John C. Atlas of Comet Halley, 1910. NASA SP-488.
Washington, DC: NASA, 1986. 
313 x 233 mm. Large 8vo. xi, 600 pp. Nearly 1,000 figs., 10 tables, bibliog. Blue cloth. Fine. As new in original publisher’s box. 
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19 [HALLEY’s comet] DONN, Bertram; Rahe, Jurgen; Brandt, John C. Atlas of Comet Halley, 1910. NASA SP-488.
Washington, DC: NASA, 1986. 
313 x 233 mm. Large 8vo. xi, 600 pp. Nearly 1,000 figs., 10 tables, bibliog. Blue cloth. Fine. As new in original publisher’s box. 
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