17 June 2008
PROCTOR, Richard Anthony (1837-1888). A Star Atlas for the Library, the School, and the Observatory. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1870.
2o (367 x 240 mm). 14 double-page lithographed plates (some occasional minor spotting). Original maroon blind-stamped cloth, gilt-lettered on front cover (some rubbing and minor wear).
FIRST EDITION. A highly prolific writer, Proctor published nearly 60 books and numerous articles on the science of astronomy. "Proctor acquired an immense popular reputation by virtue of his lucid presentation, both in books and in lectures. He was familiar not only with what was visible through the telescopes of the time but also with astronomy in a literary context" (DSB). Although he did not often make new scientific discoveries in astronomy, Proctor, through his writings and lectures, is often credited with introducing later astronomers to the subject.
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