Lot 609: Barnard (Edward Emerson). A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way, edited by Edwin B. Frost and Mary R. Calvert, 2 volumes, 1st edition, Washington, D.C., 1927, volume 1 with portrait frontispiece (offset to title and half-title verso), plate of the Bruce Telescope and 51 gelatin silver prints mounted on linen, each 23 x 23cm, volume 2 with 50 charts and accompanying tables, original cloth gilt, rubbed and slightly soiled, 4to. The first significant photographic star atlas, issued in an edition of 700 copies and for which Barnard personally inspected all 35,700 photographs printed (see Preface). Barnard established photography as the main form of astronomical observation and also discovered a dark nebulae, this work including his 'Catalogue of 349 Dark Objects in the Sky', completed by his assistant, Mary Calvert, after his death in 1923. (2)
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