18 April 2021 at 8:18 pm #574946
I am hoping someone here at the BAA can help me.
I am looking for a copy of a translation ( from latin to english) of Francesco Fontana’s “ Nova Coelestium Terrestriumque Rerum Observationes” which was done by Peter Fay and Sally Beaumont. If anyone knows of a source that has a copy for sale, or if anyone should have this work and would be willing to lend it to me for a week ( I will pay for shipping both ways), I would be very grateful. I tried contacting the authors directly (by mail) without luck.
Alan19 April 2021 at 12:48 pm #584107Paul LeylandParticipant
Does this help? Being an Oxford man I went to the Bod, which led me to this:
An interlibrary loan may be possible. Worth asking, anyway.19 April 2021 at 9:16 pm #584109
Thanks for the link – I see several UK libraries have it. I live in the US currently, but might be able to get it through interlibrary loan from a US library.
Alan20 April 2021 at 11:11 am #584110James DawsonParticipant
There is a second-hand copy on Amazon.co.uk for £48.50 – they might deliver to the USA.20 April 2021 at 4:28 pm #584111
Thanks. The book on Amazon is different than the one I need, and is about the planet Venus.
Alan21 April 2021 at 4:55 pm #584112Stephane LecomteParticipant
Many years ago, I’ve scanned this book from Paris Observatory Library.
I’ve a 36Mb file.
Are you looking for all the book or only some pages?
Stéphane21 April 2021 at 8:41 pm #584113
I would like to read the full text.
Alan21 April 2021 at 8:54 pm #584114Richard McKimParticipant
I do not know anything about the other author, but I should write that Mrs Sally Beaumont passed away within the last five years or so. She was, I recall, a Latin teacher by profession. She made a number of planetary observations for the BAA.22 April 2021 at 5:25 pm #584115Mike FrostParticipant
I believe Peter Fay passed away in 2003.22 April 2021 at 11:35 pm #584118Denis BuczynskiParticipant
I knew Sally when she lived in Windermere Cumbria. She was a keen visual lunar and planetary observer. A very fine person and so likeable. I helped set up the Elliot Merlin 12 inch reflector ( on loan from the BAA) at her home in Windermere in the 1990’s. She used it regularly and contributed many observations to the BAA observing sections. Picture of the Elloit Merlin telescope is attached. Unfortunately this fine example of a Calver refector so kindly bequethed to the BAA is now no longer usable having passed through the “care” of the last BAA Instrument Curator after it was returned to the BAA after Sally had finished using it. Picture of the telescope last time it was seen is attached.23 April 2021 at 3:40 pm #584119Alex PrattParticipant
Sally was on my trip to see the 2002 total solar eclipse from Australia’s Nullarbor Plain. She was accompanied by her son. We had wide-ranging chats on various topics, from visual observing to German pronouns…
If I remember correctly, her father wanted her to have a good education, she went to the best schools and she studied the classics. A lady who was so talented and always modest.
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