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Rümker, Carl
Manuscript Letters on Astronomy by the First Government Astronomer of New South Wales.
Hamburg, 1840. Five manuscript signed letters by renowned astronomer Carl Ludwig Christian Rümker (1788-1862) who previously made a notable discovery whilst employed as astronomer at the Parramatta observatory in Australia; all letters addressed to another astronomer of high repute, John Lee (1783-1866), mainly concerning astronomical matters and observations, featuring 4 manuscript astrological data charts, two of these with Rümker's ephemiris calculations. 8vo. Double leafs, each letter with integral address, some with red wax seal. Some creasing and age-toning, otherwise in very good condition. Carl Ludwig Christian Rümker (1788-1862) was a German astronomer, who lived in Australia from 1821 to 1830, first arriving at New South Wales for his appointment by the new governor of New South Wales Sir Thomas MacDougall Brisbane, as astronomer at the Parramatta observatory. (Renowned Scottish astronomer James Dunlop was his second assistant.) Governor Brisbane's private astronomical observatory was constructed in 1822. That same year Rümker received, for his re-discovery of Comet Encke on 2 June 1822, the gold medal of the Institut de France, and the silver medal of the Royal Astronomical Society together with £100. The grateful governor bestowed on Rümker a grant of 1000 acres (405 ha) at Stonequarry Creek (Picton) on the west side of the Nepean River. After his important observation of Encke's Comet in 1822 while serving as Government Astronomer of the Colony of New South Wales, Carl Rümker continued his field of astronomy in his homeland, and evidently, within the broad scop … [Click Below for Full Description]
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