SEISMOLOGIST

[ Herbert Hall Turner, Savilian Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Radcliffe Observatory at Oxford University. ] Autograph Note Signed ('H H Turner') to 'Mrs. Green', declining a dinner invitation due to a plans to see an eclipse in Japan.

Author: 
H. H. Turner [ Herbert Hall Turner ] (1861-1930), British astronomer and seismologist, from 1893 Savilian Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Radcliffe Observatory at Oxford University
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the University Observatory, Oxford. 22 May 1896.
£45.00

From the papers of the family of the second wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green (1832-1896), previously Miss Wilhelmina Maria Armstrong of Clifton. 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight creasing to bottom corners. Reads: 'Dear Mrs. Green | I fear I shall be on the way to Japan to see the Eclipse. Very sorry to miss your dinner party | Yours sincerely | H H Turner'.

[ Oporto Earthquake, 1793. ] Manuscript transcription of first-person account (by William Sibbald?) headed 'An Essay on Earthquakes, occasioned by a most dreadful convlusion of Nature that was horribly felt here [Oporto, Portugal] this morning.'

Author: 
[ William Sibbald (1789-1853), Scottish British army physician in the Peninsular, at New Orleans, Mauritius, Ceylon and Maidstone, Kent; Oporto Earthquake, 1793 ]
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Headed 'Oporto [Portugal] 2d May 1793.' [On 1820s wove paper with stationer's impress-mark.]
£135.00

27pp., 4to. Unbound. On thirteen bifoliums, and one loose leaf, formerly attached with string. Corner of first page embossed with small circle containing Prince of Wales feathers and words 'SUPERFINE SATIN'. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. Headed: 'Oporto 2d May 1793. | An Essay on Earthquakes occasioned by a most dreadful convulsion of Nature that was horribly felt here this morning. This is written from immediate feeling by a Father for his Children'.

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