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Herschel, Caroline
An Account of a New Comet. In a letter from Miss Caroline Herschel to Charles Blagden, M.D."
London: Royal Society of London, 1794. First edition. Near Fine. From The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Part I, Volume 84): p. 1. Bound with Part II. Recently bound to style with with gilt and red morocco label to spine. Some gentle rubbing to boards, else a tight, pleasing copy. Measures 216 x 165mm and collates vi, 168; [26, Appendix]; [v], [1, errata], 169-444 [7]: complete, including 21 plates. Some light scattered foxing and occasional offsetting from plates, but largely clean and unmarked throughout. Some margins shaved close, particularly near the headers, in Part II. Unrecorded by ESTC, this important early work by the first paid female scientist is recorded at only 2 institutions according to OCLC. Educated from early childhood in fields including music, philosophy, and mathematics, Caroline Herschel's scientific career was born out of her collaborations with her brother William, who invited her to join in household in 1782. "I was to be trained for an assistant Astronomer," she reports, "I was to sweep for comets" (Lubbock). When William took a position as the royal astronomer a the court of Windsor, he hired Caroline as his professional assistant; and her annual salary of £50 made her the first paid woman scientist. Within a decade, she had developed into a leader in the field, becoming one of the first women ever to read a scientific paper at the Royal Society of London. The present is an early example of the works she presented in that setting, documenting the discovery of a new comet -- one of the eight that she would locate between … [Click Below for Full Description]
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