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  • Scarce Important Astronomical Atlas – Atlas Celeste – Ch Dien and Camille Flammarrion – 1877

    Scarce Important Astronomical Atlas – Atlas Celeste – Ch Dien and Camille Flammarrion – 1877

    This is a third edition of the superb star atlas sometimes referred to as the Flammarion Star Atlas. Published in Paris by Gathier-Villars. A folio production of grand scale (51cms x 35 cms) with 28 steel engraved star charts some double page.

    Several introductory pages are followed by a double page engraving of the Northern Hemisphere with stars to magnitude 6 noting simple, double, triple, variable etc the Milky Way Nebulae, Galaxies and the Constellations drawn in the Classical Manner. To the same standard the Southern Hemisphere as a double plate. Followed by 23 single page plates of highly detailed night sky segments by reference to noted constellations. Then another double of the Southern Hemisphere based on the significant “Brisbane Atlas” of serious Australian interest. A two further double plates of the Northern Hemisphere – a plate concentrating on multiple stars and a coloured plate of Nebulae in all their then known forms.

    All fine plates clean and with a strong plate impression.

    The original blood red cloth boards have been professionally re-backed by Roger Perry. A couple of the preliminary pages have edge repairs but as stated the star charts are near pristine. The gilt “Atlas Celeste” motif to the front is still fine and the whole binding is now strong and useable.

    Likely the most important Star Atlas of the late Victorian period


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  • Massive Ducretet Gas Discharge Tube – Paris c1890

    Massive Ducretet Gas Discharge Tube – Paris c1890

    This massive discharge tube was made by Eugene Ducretet (1844-1915) a leading French scientific instrument maker who opened his first shop retailing unusual scientific instruments in Paris in 1864. This instrument is engraved with his name E Ducretet A Paris to the top tap.

    It is one of the largest, heaviest and most unconventional discharge tubes we have seen. Standing 60 cms high an in pretty good condition for its age – we have left the brass work as we found it – the threads to the vacuum inlet work albeit stiff and the thread to the to mount are in very good condition. The extremely thick glass tube is at a slight angle but the seals appear intact. A very rare scientific collectable from the early days of gas discharge experiments.

    Flash Gas Tube from 19thC Paris


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  • Thin Geological Section Microscope Slides -1913 – Set of Five

    Thin Geological Section Microscope Slides -1913 – Set of Five

    A group of five thin section slides from the UK, India and Iceland all nice samples, well labelled and in nice condition

    Obsidian with spherulites from Iceland
    (Spherulites are small rounded bodies that occur in vitreous igneous rocks such as obsidian)

    Chert – Blue Limestone – Somerset
    (This unusual blue coloured limestone is from a Lias Quarry in Shepton Mallet)

    Chloritic Marl – Compton Abbas – Dorset
    (Fossil containing bedrock to the chalk of southern England)

    Anorthite from Salem South India
    (A Gneiss rock structure from the Sittampundi Complex at Salem near Madras)

    Augen Gneiss from Strahnaver, Sutherland, Scotland
    (A Metamorphic rock which is clotted with flesh coloured feldspar “augen”)

    A very good selection


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