Donati's comet over Paris, 1858.

Donati's comet over Paris, 1858.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm


Decoratively bound book cover showing 'Donati's Comet, as seen at Paris on the 5th of October 1858'. Italian astronomer Giambattista Donati (1826-1873) observed and recorded the first appearance of this comet in June 1858. Donati's comet was also the first to be photographed. From 'The World of Comets' by Amedee Guillemin (1826-1893), published in London in 1877.

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