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Herschel Manuscript Catalogue of Stars

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10234

Scope and Contents

A fair copy of a Catalogue of Stars Visible on the Horizon of Calcutta, drawn up by J. W. F. Herschel to accompany the ten feet reflecting telescope sent to his relations including medical doctor, Duncan Stewart, eldest brother of Lady Margaret Herschel, employed by the East India Company, 1825-1855.


  • Creation: c.1860


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1 volume(s) (1 volume)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Manuscript in ink on London Superfine paper (blind embossed stamp on top left corner of inner front wrapper). Consists of one gathering of 6 leaves (12 folios) including inner wrappers, sewn. Contains: 2 pages of text; 14-page catalogue (consisting of 10 columns ruled in red ink); and 6 blank pages. Red paper/card cover pasted on boards with raised, black leather label with title 'Herschel Manuscript Catalogue of Stars' embossed in gold-coloured lettering.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Blackwell Rare Books, Oxford, 26 July 2010

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Repository Details

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