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    Re: Comet Donati above Paris 1858
    From: Luc Van den Borre
    Date: 2019 Apr 22, 01:52 +0200

    Here's my notes on this nocturnal Easter egg hunt. Apologies for overlap
    with earlier posts.
    
    - George Phillips Bond wrote 'Account of the Great Comet of 1858',
    published in 1862.
    - Between pages 40 and 41 of this book one finds an illustration of the
    comet as observed from Harvard College Observatory. This appears to be
    the source for the celestial part of the Notre Dame image.
    - The Notre Dame image is a lithography produced for the book 'Le Ciel'
    by Amédée Guillemin.
    - The first edition of 1864 of 'Le Ciel' has a different view of the
    Paris sky as a frontispiece. The fifth edition of 1877 has the Donati
    litho. Not sure in which edition it makes its debut.
    - Authors of the litho are E. Guillemin et Ph. Benoist.
    - Phillippe Benoist made quite a few lithos of Notre Dame, and many more
    of other Parisian views.
    - 'Le Ciel' had many editions and was translated into other languages.
    - The 1867 edition of the English translation 'The Heavens' has the the
    comet above Harvard College Observatory as frontispiece. Closer to the
    truth but less dramatic.
    
    Also attached are some images (from a book unknown, but Guillemin was a
    prolific author so it might be one of his) produced in the same fashion,
    showing the comet on the 5th of October above the Palais de la Cité on
    the other side of the island.
    
    
    Scan of 'Le Ciel' (PDF available via menu on left):
    https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k62098808/f7.image.r=.langFR
    
    Scan of 'The Heavens':
    https://archive.org/details/heavensanillust00guilgoog/page/n9
    
    That was fun but now it's 2am, though.
    
    Luc
    
    

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