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"Comet Kohoutek in Retrospect." In: Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 120, 1976.

By: WHIPPLE, Fred L. (1906-2004).

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Philadelphia:, American Philosophical Society, 1976., 1976


4to. (Article): 1-6 pp. (Whole volume): iii, 515 pp. Articles, photos, figs. Green boards, gilt spine. Blind stamp of Mount Wilson Observatory. Fine. Whipple was a highly respected American astronomer who, as director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, oversaw numerous projects of note (including the Radio Meteor Project). His particular area of expertise was comets, as evinced by this article. View more info

"Definitive Bahnelemente des Kometen 1840 IV."

By: SCHULTZ-STEINHEIL, C. A.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Stockholm:, P. A. Norstedt & Söner, 1890., 1890


Offprint from: Kongl. Svenska Vetenskaps-Akademiens Handlingar, Bandet 23, No. 14. 4to. 28 pp. 5 tables; paper browned. Original plain wrappers; covers off, extremities chipped, dis-bound. Ms. inscription on top cover. Good. View more info

"Sur la queue du I type de la comète de 1858, V."

By: SOKOLOFF, Aleksei Petrovich (1853-1910).

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Extracted from an unknown Bulletin, 1884. Moscow,, 1884., 1884


8vo. 14 pp. 1 folding plate. Dis-bound. Ms. notation and rubber stamp on page 1. Good. View more info

"Sur les oscillations des jets d'emission dans les comètes." with: "Quelques remarques concernant mes recherches sur les comètes." with: "Sur les anomalies apparentes dans la structure de la grande comète de 1744."

By: BREDIKHIN, Fedor Aleksandrovich (1831-1904).

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Offprints from: Bulletin Ovshchestva Isp'itatelei Pripod'i. Moscow:, Katkove, 1884-1885., 1884


8vo. 26; 20; 15 pp. No. 1: 1 folding lithographic plate. No. 3: 1 folding lithographic plate. Dis-bound. Ms. notations on first pages. Ex library rubber stamp. Very good. The study of comets was the major work of Fedor Bredikhin, who developed an important mechanical theory of a comet's form. DSB, II, pp. 432-435. View more info

Atlas of Comet Halley, 1910. NASA SP-488.

By: [HALLEY's comet] DONN, Bertram; Rahe, Jurgen; Brandt, John C.

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Washington, DC:, NASA, 1986., 1986


313 x 233 mm. Large 8vo. xi, 600 pp. Nearly 1,000 figs., 10 tables, bibliog. Blue cloth. Fine. As new in original publisher's box. View more info

Atlas of Comet Halley, 1910. NASA SP-488.

By: [HALLEY's comet] DONN, Bertram; Rahe, Jurgen; Brandt, John C.

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Washington, DC:, NASA, 1986., 1986


313 x 233 mm. Large 8vo. xi, 600 pp. Nearly 1,000 figs., 10 tables, bibliog. Blue cloth. Fine. As new in original publisher's box. View more info

Calculs et Recherches sur la Comète d'Encke publiees. I. Tables pour le calcul de l'anomalie excentrique et du logarithme du Rayon Vecteur.

By: BACKLUND, Oskar (1846-1916).

Price: $20.00

Publisher: St. Petersburg:, Akademiia nauk SSSR, Memoires, 1892., 1892


4to. iii, 60 pp. Original printed wrappers; chipped at extremities, but generally very good. Series: 7. ser., v. 38, no. 8; v.41, no. 3; v. 41, no. 7. Backlund was a Swedish-Soviet astronomer specializing in celestial mechanics. He earned the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1909) and the Bruce Medal in 1914. View more info

Calixte III et la Comète de Halley. [Series]: Specola Astronomica Vaticana, II.

By: STEIN, Johann.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Rome:, Vatican, 1909.,


4to. 40, [1] pp. Original printed wrappers; some offsetting to covers. Near fine. View more info

Definitive Bestimmung der Bahn des Cometen 1881 IV. Inaugural-Dissertation….

By: STECHERT, Carl Friedrich Gottlieb Peter Heinrich (1856-1909).

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Kiel:, C. F. Mohr, 1884., 1884


4to. 30 pp. Tables. Printed wrappers; paper browned and extremely brittle with loss at extremities, does affect the text. Ms. notations on top cover. AS IS. View more info

Determinatio orbitae grandis cometae anni 1858 e cunctis observationibus. Dissertatio astronomica....

By: ASTEN, Emilio von.

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Bonn:, Carl Georgi, 1858., 1858


4to. [iv], 16, [2] pp. Tables. Self-wraps. Ms. notations on top cover. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander (1799-1875), who became professor of astronomy at the Prussian University of Bonn in 1836. Among Argelander's students and assistants were Eduard Schönfeld, Adalbert Krueger, Leopold Kronecker, and Franz Woepcke. First Edition. View more info

Elemente des ersten Cometen vom Jahre 1830 mit Berüchsichtigung von 319 Beobachtungen.

By: SCHULZE, L. R.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: (Leipzig:, Breitkopf), [circa 1831]., 1831


8vo. 56 pp. Tables. Dis-bound. Good. View more info

Latin Treatises on Comets Between 1238 and 1368 A. D.

By: THORNDIKE, Lynn (ed.).

Price: $75.00

Publisher: (Chicago):, University of Chicago Press, (1950)., 1950


8vo. ix, 274 pp. Latin texts, index. Red cloth, dust jacket. FINE. FIRST EDITION. The first publication of many key medieval Latin texts on comets including the writings of Aegidius of Lessines, & Peter of Limoges. Dust jacket present. First Edition. View more info

Observations of the Great Comet of 1882 made at the United States Naval Observatory. Rear Admiral R.W. Shufeldt…, Superintendent.

By: WINLOCK, William Crawford (1859-1896).

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Washington, DC:, GPO, 1883., 1883


At head of title: Washington Observation for 1880 – Appendix I. 4to. 38 pp. 5 lithographed plates. Later quarter black cloth, gilt-stamped spine title, black marbled boards; top corner bumped. Near fine. Winlock was the son of Joseph Winlock 1826-1875), the former Director of the Astronomical Observatory at Harvard College. Neither was able to have a long life… William died at just 37 years of age while his father was 49. View more info

Orbits for Amateurs with a Microcomputer. Volume II.

By: TATTERSFIELD, D.

Price: $2.95

Publisher: New York:, John Wiley & Sons, 1987.,


8vo. xi, 159 pp. Navy gilt-stamped cloth. Ownership signature of Donald Yeomans. Fine. The orbits of comets are studied. ISBN: 0470203560 View more info

Our Cosmic Origins; From the Big Bang to the emergence of life and intelligence.

By: DELSEMME, Armand (1913-).

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Cambridge:, Cambridge University Press, 1988.,


8vo. xviii, 322 pp. Illus., index. Black cloth, dust-jacket. Fine. ISBN 10: 0521620384 ISBN 13: 9780521620383 Delsemme was professor of astrophysics at the University of Toledo, Ohio. He was an authority on the chemical, physical, dynamical and evolutionary process of comets. View more info