Philosophical Transactions, vol.71, pp.492-501. [London: W. Bulmer for W. Nicol, 1781]. | Christie's" /> HERSCHEL, William (1738-1822). "Account of a Comet." Extract from: <I>Philosophical Transactions</I>, vol.71, pp.492-501. [London: W. Bulmer for W. Nicol, 1781]. | Christie's
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    HERSCHEL, William (1738-1822). "Account of a Comet." Extract from: Philosophical Transactions, vol.71, pp.492-501. [London: W. Bulmer for W. Nicol, 1781].

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    HERSCHEL, William (1738-1822). "Account of a Comet." Extract from: Philosophical Transactions, vol.71, pp.492-501. [London: W. Bulmer for W. Nicol, 1781].

    4o (221 x 162). 3 engraved folding plates. Disbound.

    FIRST EDITION OF HERSCHEL'S DISCOVERY OF URANUS. In August 1781, Herschel observed through his telescope an object he initially thought was a comet. Additional observations by other astronomers determined that the object was a primary planet in the solar system. Named Uranus, Herschel became world-famous as the first recorded discoverer of a planet. Dibner Heralds of Science 13; Norman 1058.


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