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Barnard, Edward Emerson

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A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way ... edited by Edwin B. Frost and Mary R. Calvert. Washington: [University of Chicago Press for] Carnegie Institution, 1927

2 volumes, 4to (9 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.; 246 x 270 mm). Frontispiece portrait of the author, 51 mounted silver prints, each with accompanying leaf of descriptive letterpress, volume 2 with 50 charts and tables; some offset from frontispiece on title. Publisher's tan cloth, gilt-stamped title on spines; extremities rubbed.

Catalogue Note

Barnard (1857-1923) joined the University of Chicago as professor of astronomy where he was able to use the 40-inch (1,000 mm) telescope at Yerkes Observatory. Much of his work during this period was taking photographs of the Milky Way. These were edited and published after his death by his colleague Edwin B. Frost and his niece Mary R. Calvert, who explain the long delay in publication in the preface: "The attempts made with the photogravure and other processes did not give the assurance of uniformity that was desired, and finally the author was persuaded that actual photographic prints would be more satisfactory ... than any other method of reproduction." Only 700 copies were produced and Frost states that Barnard personally examined each one of the 37,500 photographs.
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