An astronomer (E.W.L. Ryves) with his telescope, original albumen photograph, circa 1877

An astronomer (E.W.L. Ryves) with his telescope, original albumen photograph, circa 1877

Stock Number: 016

£120

Early albumen photograph showing an impressive 6 1/2" reflecting equatorial telescope, circa 1877

Dimensions

160 x 110 mm

Circa

1877

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Telescopes, Telescopes - Reflecting, Photography, Photographs, Early British Photographers

Description

An item that would repay research: the inscription reads “The Pater[?] (E.W.L. Ryves) with 6 1/2 inch Reflecting Equatorial at Croft Lodge, Thornton Heath, about 1877”. E.W.L.Ryves was the father of P.M.Ryves, a director of the British Astronomical Association Mars section from 1942–1956. P.M.Ryves was an active member of the association and he exhibited some of his fathers astronomical drawings at a wartime BAA Exhibition meeting; he was also discoverer of Ryves Comet, also known as C/1931 P1, 1931 E or 1931c.

The print is mounted on board (overall dimensions 210 x 135 mm), with two other unrelated photographs. The condition is good, noting only a small scuff to the surface of the photograph – this is located to the right-hand side and can be clearly seen in the image appended to this listing.

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GB Octavo Books

Small online bookstore specializing in the history of science, trading on ABEbooks since 2006: http://www.abebooks.co.uk/octavo-books-cambridge/50628664/sf

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