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Guardbook on Flamsteed's works, 1692 - 1717

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 1/35

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and other items from a guardbook regarding the printing of Flamsteed's works, 98 folios. The papers include letters from the 'Referees' and drafts of Flamsteed's replies; an 'Estimate of the Expence of Printing the Historia Coelestis' (19r); 'Articles for Printing' (34r-39r); a draft agreement (43r); and draft petitions to the Queen (49r-50r, 66r). There are also related statements by Flamsteed concerning his personal history, including drafts of his 'Account of the Obser-vatory' (13a-15b); 'The State of the Observatory' (16r-17v); a 'Short note of dates for my Works' (78r-79r); copies of orders relating to the Observatory's foundation (80r-81v, 98r); a 'Begining of a breife History of the Observatory' (82r-84v); and related memoranda (86r, 87r, 97r). There are pencil notes by Baily throughout.

The correspondents include Isaac Newton, John Caswell, Sir Christopher Wren, [Dr] John Arbuthnot, Edmond Halley, Richard Waller (for the Royal Society), Lowthorp, J[ohn] Machin (for the Royal Society), Abraham Sharp and Hans Sloane.


  • Creation: 1692 - 1717


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