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Papers of John Herschel, 1936

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 35/170/11

Scope and Contents

14. 'The General Catalogue and General History of Double Stars' (continued).

14/2. 'General History of Double Stars', a series of individual 'synoptical histories' of double stars on printed forms, arranged by right ascension (continued from RGO 35/171/10).

14/3. 'MS Notes and Memoranda for General History of Double Stars', including a letter to Herschel from G.B. Airy, 25 July 1840; an invitation from J. Lee to visit Hartwell House; a letter to Herschel from R. Main, 28 November 1868; and a letter to Herschel from J.R. Hind, 23 June 1854.

14/4. Papers relating to the publication of the General Catalogue.

14/4.1. A letter from A.S. Herschel to W. Lassell, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, 6 June 1871, with an accompanying list of 'Contents of the Box of Papers; MS of a General Catalogue and General History of Double Stars', and copies of some of the papers found in 14/3.

14/4.2. A letter from W. Huggins to R. Main, 13 June 1871, and a report on Herschel's papers by Main and Pritchard, 8 November 1871.

14/4.3. 'Computation of Annual Precession in Right Ascension for the Epoch 1830.0, for the Completion of Sir John Herschel's "General Catalogue of Double Stars"', on printed sheets.

14/4.4. List of the contents of the box containing the manuscript of Herschel's 'Catalogue of Stars'.

15. Miscellaneous papers.

15/1. Early astronomical exercises, including material in William Herschel's hand.

15/2. A receipt from the Astronomical Society for Herschel's composition fee, signed by W. Pearson, 7 February 1825.

15/3.1. 'Notata Biographica': biographical notes by Herschel, 1783-1829.

15/3.2. 'Notata Biographica': items running from the back of the original notebook, comprising a list of payments and receipts for the period 20 October 1838 - 15 January 1840. The handwriting is not that of John Herschel.

15/4. Miscellaneous expenses and biographical notes.

15/5. Two letters to Herschel from Royal Astronomical Society Secretaries: C. Pritchard, 20 January 1864, and R. Hodgson, 18 December 1866.

15/6. Notes and calculations regarding meteorites, December 1866, includes a letter to Herschel from R. Hunt, 5 June 1845.

15/7. Copies of Herschel's 1839 photograph of the superstructure of the 40ft telescope (taken from lantern slides).

15/8. A copy of J.E. Bode, 'Uranographia' (Berlin, 1801), including pencil annotations by Herschel.


  • Creation: 1936


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J 14/2-15/8

Finding aid date

2007-01-30 16:16:49+00:00

Includes index.

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