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AUWERS, A. [J.G.F. VON] - Bericht über die Beobachtung des Venus-Durchgangs vom 8. december 1874 in Luxor. [Aus den Abhandlungen der Königl. Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1877.]

Berlin, Buchdruckerei der Königl. Akademie der Wissenschaften (G.Vogt) Universitätsstrasse 8. In Commission bei F. Dümmler's Verlags-Buchhandlung (Harrwitz & Gossmann), 1878. 4to. Original light brown printed brds. (Spine ends some light imperf.; corners lightly bumped.). [n1, 1 - 23 in 4s]. (II, 184 pp.). (Offpr.). (Presentation copy.). (Inscr. in ink on upper cover). DSB I, 339/40: 'He made a great number of observations and calculations of planets, comets, and variable stars as early as 1857 - 1859 ... in 1866 Auwers was appointed astronomer of the Berlin Academy, where he displayed great scientific and organizational ability during the next 5 decades...Auwer's life work was the meticulous observation and calculation necessary to draw up star catalogues with highly accurate positions of stars... He also demonstrated his great organizational talents when he was in charge of the German expeditions that observed the transits of Venus in 1874 and 1882 in order to determine the sun's parallaxes. On the first expedition Auwers observed in Luxor...'. Presentation copy to E. [Carl Ernst Albrecht] Hartwig. [See DSB vol. VI, pp. 149 - 150; astronomer 1851 - 1923, leader of the German astronomical expedition for observing the transit of Venus at Bahia Blanca, Argentina in 1882 - 1883]. The first 40 pages of the publication deal with the preparations, plans and equipment for the expedition, followed by a history of the expedition. Also the work done at the Luxor station. This general introduction is followed by 7 appendices: I. 'Beobachtungen am Passagen Instrument zur Bestimmung der Ortszeit und des Azimuths'. II. 'Correctionen der einzelnen Chronometer'. III. 'Bestimmung der Länge der Station Luxor'. IV. 'Bestimmung der Polhöhe der Station Luxor'. V. 'Lage der einzelnen Beobachtungspuncte auf der Station Luxor und Anschluss derselben an Fixpuncte'. VI. 'Beobachtung der Venus Durchgangs'. VII. 'Die Grösse und Figur der Venus'.
EUR 650.00 [Appr.: US$ 772.23 | £UK 554.25 | JP¥ 84599] Book number 7833

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