Tuesday, I managed to worm myself in to the Helsinki Observatory library to have a look at two legendary books. As far as I know, these are the only copies here in Finland and the ones at the Helsinki Observatory are safely guarded and behind locked doors. I spent quite a lot of time at the copy room taking copies of the pages just for keeps sake. The two books were of course:
Catalogue of nebulae and clusters of stars by Sir John Frederick William Herschel (1864)
Observations of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars Made With the Six-foot and Three-foot Reflectors at Birr Castle From the Year 1848 up to the Year 1878 by William Parsons (3rd Earl of Rosse) (1878)
Both of the books were in good conditions considering their age and I have to admit, Lord Rosse's sketches of deep sky objects were as accurate as they were beautiful. I encourage all sketchers as well as observers in general to take a look at Rosse's book if possible and available at the local library.
Here are a few low quality samples for those interested:
NGC/IC project's "Historical record" page has plenty of old books with sketches in them:
Two books by Lord Rosse and John Herschel
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Posted 20 September 2010 - 01:22 PM
Well done, and I'm envious that you got to actually hold in your hands those paper gems. I just checked the NGC/IC Project and it seems that the project has very recently been retaken after a 3-year interruption for serious health issues of its founder.