Harding, Karl Ludwig.
Atlas novus coelestis. XXVII tabulis continens stellas inter polum borealem et trigesimum gradum declinationis Australis adhuc obervatas.

Göttingen, 1822. - (54 x 38 cm). Mit doppelblattgroßem gestochenen Titel und 27 doppelblattgroßen gestochenen Himmelskarten. Halblederband der Zeit.

Erste Ausgabe von Hardings Hauptwerk, "a well-executed and carefully thought out work of a capable observer" (Brown). - "In its short period of activity Schröter's observatory had a high reputation. The best observations of the great planets during that time were made at Lilienthal, mostly by Harding. Olbers often visited it, in 1800 with Zach. The Vereinigte Astronomische Gesellschaft which was established there included foreign scientists. This new society intended primarily to make star charts. This aim was realized only by Harding, who drew up a celestial atlas containing about 60,000 stars; this stellar chart was one of the first prepared according to scientific principles. While working on this star chart Harding discovered (1804) the third asteroid and named it Juno Georgia, to honor George III. Perhaps partly as a result of this he was transferred to the new Göttingen observatory and from 1805 was professor of practical astronomy there. While at Göttingen he observed planets, comets, and variable stars. He also discovered three comets: 1813 II, 1824 II, and 1832 II" (DSB). - Vereinzelt gering stockfleckig bzw. die Karten im Falz schwach leimschattig, sonst wohlerhalten. - DSB 6, 112; Brown, Astronomical Atlases S. 65; Poggendorff I, 1017 (mit 26 Karten); nicht bei Houzeau-Lancaster

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