WEATHER

[ Alexander Buchan, Scottish meteorologist and pioneer in the field of weather forecasting. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alexander Buchan') to Alexander Ramsay, regarding his election as a member of the Scottish Meteorological Society.

Author: 
Alexander Buchan (1829-1907), Scottish meteorologist, oceanographer and botanist, pioneer in the field weather forecasting, Secretary of the Scottish Meteorological Society [ Alexander Ramsay ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Scottish Meteorological Society, 122 George Street, Edinburgh. 9 May 1884.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and with wear to edges. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I have the pleasure of forwarding the official notice of your election as Member of the Society, and send by the same post a copy of the last issue of the Society's Journal. | Your subscription, as intimated, of 10/ may be paid at your convenience.'

[ Charles Meldrum, Superintendent, Royal Alfred Observatory, Mauritius. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C Meldrum') [ to Alexander Ramsay ] regarding 'The Scientific Roll'.

Author: 
Charles Meldrum (1821-1901), Scottish meteorologist, Superintendent, Royal Alfred Observatory, Mauritius, 1875-1896 [ Alexander Ramsay, editor of 'The Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
Royal Alfred Observatory, Mauritius. [ On notepaper embossed with British crest. ] 27 December 1881.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. On grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Small manuscript shelf-mark at top left. He thanks him for sending 'the numbers of the Scientific Roll', and asks to be put down as a subscriber. 'I shall try to get the others.

[ The Bath Herald and the Floods of 1894. ] Printed pamphlet: 'A Record of the Great Floods in Bath and the surrounding District, November 13 & 15, 1894. [ With four photographs by A. F. Perren. ]

Author: 
[ The Bath Herald; the Great Floods in Bath, 1894 ] [ Augustus Frederick Perren (d.1923), photographer ]
Publication details: 
Reprinted from The Bath Herald. Prinhted at The Herald Office, North Gate, Bath. [ 1894. ]
£56.00

16pp., 4to. Unstitched and unbound. In fair condition, lightly aged, worn and spotted.. Priced at a penny. In small print and double column. Consisting, after a short introduction, of an area-by-area report of the effects of the flood, beginning with 'Midnight in the Dolemeads. | Distressing Scenes.', 'Corn Street, Milk Street and Avon Street' and 'Southgate Street', and ending with 'Batheaston', 'Radstock' and 'Midsomer Norton'. Perren's photographs show 'Dolemeads and Association Cricket Fields', 'The Old Bridge', 'Southgate Street' and 'The Quay from the Old Bridge'.

[ The Meteorological Office, London. ] 57 printed Daily Weather Reports, each containing Weather Chart; Forecasts; General Situation; General Remarks on the Weather over Europe; and full-page table of columns.

Author: 
Meteorological Office, London [ R. H. Scott, Secretary ]
Publication details: 
[ Issued by the Meteorological Office, 63, Victoria Street, London. ] July and August 1891.
£150.00

The 57 items are uniform in layout, printed in lithograph on both sides of a 31 x 50 cm piece of paper, with two panels on each side, as intended to be folded into a 31 x 25 cm bifolium. The collection is in variable condition, on aged and worn paper, with all text intact. The text includes a large amount of facsimile handwriting. The first page of the intended bifolium is headed 'DAILY WEATHER REPORT. | for [date] 1891. | Issued by the Meteorological Office, 63, Victoria Street, London. R. H.

[Tasmania.] Long Autograph Letter Signed from Hamilton S. Dove ('Hamilton') in Tasmania to 'Kate' [Miss M. K. Dove of Wandsworth, London, England], discussing a variety of topics, including the 'roasting weather'. With two newspaper cuttings.

Author: 
Hamilton S. Dove (b.1861) of Tasmania [Australia]
Publication details: 
Devonport, Tasmania. 31 January 1930.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. In stamped and postmarked envelope addressed to 'Miss M. K. Dove | 3 Brodrick Road | Wandsworth Common | London S.W.17'. Topics include the 'roasting weather' ('many of the paddocks are covered in cornstacks, but people with lawns are sighing, as the grass is brown & parched'), with the whole of the last page (dated 4 July) discussing it; his friends the Luttrell family ('You remember my telling you about Ed. Luttrell's brother, a retired farmer who lives at Sheffield near Mt. Roland'); Rev. Jennings-Smith, 'who came from England to N.S.

[HMS Arethusa, ship's log, 1837.] Manuscript log of HMS Arethusa, while stationed in 'Passa D'Arcos Bay' [Paço d'Arcos, Portugal] and travelling from Cadiz to Lisbon. With 'Remarks' including a death and burial at sea, and punishment by lashing.

Author: 
[HMS Arethusa, 46 gun fifth-rate Royal Navy ship, launched in 1817]
Publication details: 
Passo de Arcos First entry while 'At Single Anchor in Passo D'Arcos Bay' [Paço d'Arcos, Portugal], dated 24 July 1837; last entry from 'Fort St. Julian' [on the mouth of the Tagus river], dated 30 September [1837]
£500.00

HMS Arethusa, the fourth of nine Royal Navy ships to bear the name, was a 46-gun fifth rate launched in 1817. (Fifth-rate ships served as fast scouts or independent cruisers. Owing to their combination of manoeuvrability and firepower, they were often assigned to interdict enemy shipping.) She was was renamed HMS Bacchus in 1844 on conversion into a hulk, and was broken up in 1883. The present item is 21pp., 8vo. Stitched. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn grey paper. With loose heavily worn remains of brown marbled wraps (front and back cover detached from one another).

[Printed HMSO pamphlet.] Barometer Card and Storm-Warning Signals.

Author: 
Her Majesty's Stationery Office [HMSO; Victorian meteorology]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. For Her Majesty's Stationery Office. And sold by J. D. Potter, 31, Poultry, and 11, King Street, Tower Hill. 1861.
£135.00

5pp., 8vo. On two bifoliums, with four of the eight sides blank, with the reason for the arrangement stated at the head of the title: 'N.B. - The four pages following this Title may be separated, and pasted on a board.' In fair condition, on aged paper, with remains of the paper on which the two bifoliums were mounted on the blank reverses of the second leaves of both. Contemporary ownership inscription at head of title of William Dole Bushell of Taff Vale Railway.

[Printed booklet.] Catalogue of the Books in the Library of the Bristol Naturalists' Society. [With replacement coloured chart 'to accompany Dr. Burder's Paper on Storms'.]

Author: 
[Bristol Naturalists' Society, Clifton; William Corbett Burder]
Publication details: 
May, 1881. Clifton: Printed by E. Austin & Son, Chronicle Office. 1881.
£180.00

[1] + 24pp., 8vo. Stitched. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-spotted paper, with slight wear to edges of covers. A notice at the front reads: 'The Name following the title of a Book is that of the Donor. Where no Name is given, the Book has been obtained by purchase or by exchange.' The first two entries read: 'Ainsworth, William. Account of the Caves of Ballybunian. 1834. Henry Harris. | Airy's Lectures on Astronomy. 1849. F. F. Tuckett.' Loosely inserted are the replacement chart and a slip of paper carrying the note: 'BRISTOL NATURALISTS' SOCIETY.

[Offprint] The Meteorology of Daily Life

Author: 
Richard Bentley, FSA, President of the Meteorological Society, former publisher.
Publication details: 
1906.
£85.00

Pp.[81-112], 8vo, green paper wraps, sunned at edge, mainly good+. Offprint from the "Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society", vol.xxxii, no.138, April 1906. Presumably one of the author's copies. From the archives of Richard Bentley & Son (and the personal archive of Richard Bentley II. No copy listed on COPAC or WorldCat.

[Offprint] Weather in Wartime.

Author: 
Richard Bentley, FSA, President of the Meteorological Society, former publisher.
Publication details: 
1907.
£65.00

Pp.[81]-138, 8vo, green paper wraps, sunned at edge, wraps chipped, especially at spine. contents good. Offprint from the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, vol.xxxii, no.142, April 1907. No copy listed on COPAC or WorldCat.

[Offprint] Weather in Wartime.

Author: 
Richard Bentley, FSA, President of the Meteorological Society, former publisher.
Publication details: 
1907.
£125.00

Pp.[81]-138, 8vo, green paper wraps, sunned at edge, mainly good+. Offprint from the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, vol.xxxii, no.142, April 1907. Presumably one of the author's copies. From the archives of Richard Bentley & Son (and the personal archive of the auhtor, Richard Bentley II. No copy listed on COPAC or WorldCat.

[Printed Royal Society paper.] Journal of a Voyage to The East Indies, in the Ship Grenville, Captain Burnet Abercrombie, in the Year 1775. By Alexander Dalrymple, Esq. F.R.S. Communicated by the Honourable Henry Cavendish, F.R.S.

Author: 
Sir Henry Cavendish (1732-1804) [the voyage of the Grenville to the East Indies; Captain Burnet Abercrombie; Alexander Dalrymple]
Journal of a Voyage to The East Indies
Publication details: 
[London, 1778.]
£125.00
Journal of a Voyage to The East Indies

Thirty pages, on both sides of fifteen leaves of landscape folio, with each leaf folded in to give the item a 4to shape. Paginated 389 to 418, and printed in double column. Disbound. Stitched as issued, with uncut edges. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. Excerpted from the Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, 1778. ESTC citation number N72283. The first two pages comprise an 'Explanation to the Columns' which form the rest of the paper, these being detailed meteorological tables.

Offprint titled 'Air Ministry. Meteorological Office. Professional Notes. Vol. 3. No. 39. The Upper Air Circulation of the Atlantic Ocean. Published by the Authority of the Meteorological Committee.'

Author: 
E. W. Barlow [Edward William Barlow (b.1886)] [Air Ministry, Meteorological Office.]
Publication details: 
1925. London: Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office.
£28.00

8vo: 18 pp, paginated 200-217. Grubby and lightly-aged and creased, with rusty staples. Title-page headed 'For Official Use. M.O. 245s.' Scarce. No copy at the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC at Nottingham.

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