Stunning landmark achievement in astro-photography, completed and issued after Barnard's death in a limited edition of just 700 copies.
"The photographs in this Atlas remain a valuable data source for studies of the Milky Way, its star clouds, the numerous open clusters, and especially for the dark regions of the Barnard dark clouds, first made manifest in these photographs. The dark clouds proved to be singularly important in the discovery of dark matter between the stars, rather than voids in the heavens. Barnard was the first astronomer to provide this decisive evidence for their existence from these photographs." – Allan Sandage
The 51 mounted photographic prints 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 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.
Read more: Sandage, Edward Emerson Barnard and his Atlas of the Milky Way.
(Chicago): Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1927. 2 volumes, 10.75'' x 9.75'' and 10.75'' x 10.5''. Original brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Part I: Photographs and Descriptions. Part II: Charts and Tables. Illustrated with a halftone plate of the Bruce telescope and 51 original photographs. Light wear to boards, with a few stray scuff marks. Neat pencil inscription to front endpapers of both volumes, noting 1931 purchaser and provenance.
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