Übersicht der Tätigkeit der Nicolai-Hauptsternwarte während der ersten 25 Jahre ihres Bestehens.

St. Petersburg, Buchdruckerei der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1865

Large 4to, pp. [4], 119, [1] (blank), with fine mounted albumen portrait of F.G.W. Struve (180 x 125 mm) on card-board as frontispiece, and engraved plan of observatory; here and there some light foxing, but a very good copy in contemporary red half calf and marbled boards, joints and corners a little rubbed, gilt lettered flat spine. From the library of Hermann A. Brück (1905-2000), late Astronomer Royal for Scotland with his mss. ownership signature on front endpaper.


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First edition of Otto Struve’s description of the Nicolai Observatory at Pulkovo near St. Petersburg and its scientific work. His father, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve (1793-1864), astronomer and founder director of the Pulkovo Observatory died while the volume was printed. His fine photographic portrait (from 1855) showing him seated with walking stick and cigar leaning on a table was inserted as a frontispiece homage. Otto Whilhelm Struve had succeeded his father as director in 1861.

The book also describes the state-of-the-art refractors and other scientific instruments in use at the observatory; and gives a list of published writings by astronomers working at Pulkovo. Pulkovo was founded by F.G.W. Struve in 1838 and was the principal astronomical observatory of the Russian Academy of Science. It is still in use today.

The work was also issued in a Russian language edition.

Not in Houzeau & Lancaster; COPAC lists the Cambridge copy only, and locates the Russian language edition at the British library; OCLC locates no copies in US; but 3 copies in Germany: Berlin, Munich and Hamburg. KVK only adds the Erfurt copy.

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