PHOTOGRAPHIC ATLAS of Selected Regions of the MILKY WAY 2 Part Volume Barnard 1927


A two part volume, A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way by Edward Emerson Barnard. Edited by Edwin B. Frost and Mary R. Calvert, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1927. First edition.

Part 1: Photographs and Descriptions; 10 x 11 x 1 3/4

Part 2: Charts and Tables. 10 3/4 x 11 x 1 1/4. Brown cloth binding with gilt lettering, ex library marks on bindings, cosmetic wear to cloth noted. 

Original brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine on Part II. Part I is more worn on the spine. Illustrated with a halftone plate of the Bruce telescope and 51 original photographs. Wear to the boards, with a few stray scuff marks. Part II looks like an ex-libris with a pressed stamp of Oregon Agricultural College Library. There's foxing and staining in both volumes. There's some fringing to cloth the plates are attached to. Part I has 4 pinpoint holes on the title page (see pics!), some water damage, and the photo of the author has bled through. In Part I, Plate #42 page (not the actual plate) has tape over a rip.


A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way This two volume stunning landmark achievement in astrophotography was completed and issued after Barnard's death in a limited edition of just 700 copies. The 51 mounted photographs were taken with the Bruce telescope, built to Barnard's specifications with a wide-field photographic lens; Barnard insisted on a mode of reproduction that offered uniform quality and "took it upon himself the heavy duty of personally inspecting every print of the 35,700 needed" in the issue of the full edition. The accompanying second volume of charts and tables was completed by Calvert, astronomical computer and assistant to Barnard (her uncle) at the University of Chicago's Yerkes Observatory, after Barnard's death in 1924; the descriptive text and introduction were compiled and completed by Frost and Calvert from his many notes. Scientifically groundbreaking and visually spectacular.