The Observer’s Atlas of the Heavens.


William Peck (1862 - 195)

Large star atlas signed by the author, showing the positions of over 1,400 stars, clusters, nebulae etc on 30 large scale star maps.  


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The Observer’s Atlas of the Heavens.




William Peck (1862 - 195)


Faint water stain to lower sheet edge of preliminary text pages, otherwise maps all in good condition.


Hard cover blue pebbled boars with gilt lettering.

Paper Size: 

x 435mm
The Observer's Atlas of the Heavens. - Antique Map from 1898

Genuine antique



Large star atlas signed by the author, showing the positions of over 1,400 stars, clusters, nebulae etc on 30 large scale star maps.



Sir William Peck FRSE FRAS (1862-1925)
Scottish astronomer and scientific instrument maker.

He was born 3 January 1862, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, Edinburgh, the son of William Peck. His family moved to Edinburgh in his youth and here he worked in a glue factory in the Gorgie district for Robert Cox. Cox asked him to run a private observatory. From 1883, despite a lack of formal university training, he began lecturing in astronomy. He was the director of the Edinburgh City Observatory from 1889 until his death. In the same year he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Robert Cox, Sir Arthur Mitchell, Alexander Buchan and the 8th Duke of Argyll.  From 1893 to 1896 he was involved in the relocation of the Edinburgh Observatory from Calton Hill to Blackford Hill. In 1898 he founded the Madelvic Motor Carriage Company, one of the world’s first factories making electric cars, at the Madelvic Works at Granton, Edinburgh. He continued to live at Observatory House on Calton Hill in Edinburgh even after the observatory moved to Blackford Hill.[6] He also belonged to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a secret occult society founded in the late 1800s. Among the members of the Golden Dawn, there was Irish poet William B Yates, actress Florence Farr, Oscar Wilde’s wife Constance Mary, Bram Stocker and obviously Aleister Crowley. He was knighted by King George V in 1917. He died at his home in Inverleith Row in Edinburgh on 7 March 1925. He is buried in Warriston Cemetery in the upper section, on the north side of the main east-west path.

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