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SWIFT, LEWIS A. SIGNED CARD, AMERICAN ASTRONOMER MOUNT LOWE OBSERVATORY, 13 COMETS

$225.00

Description

HE BECAME INTERESTED IN ASTRONOMY AS A YOUNG BOY AFTER OBSERVING THE GREAT COMET OF 1843 AND IN THE SUMMER OF 1862 HE DISCOVERED HIS FIRST COMET; HE WOULD GO ON TO DISCOVER 13 COMETS; AND, HE WOULD RECEIVE MORE MEDALS THAN ANY OTHER ASTRONOMER OF HIS TIME, INCLUDING THE FRENCH ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY LAPLACE MEDAL

LEWIS A. SWIFT (1820-1913) SIGNED CARD, “Lewis Swift Ph.D. F.R.A.S./Echo Mountain Cal./June 18, 1894”, on a card 3 x 2.25, by the American astronomer who discovered 13 comets and 1248 previously uncatalogued nebulae. Patent medicine king H. H. Warner offered to build an observatory for Swift if the local townspeople would raise the money for a 16” refractor telescope. In 1882 the Warner Observatory opened the doors with Swift as Director. But in the financial panic of 1893 his benefactor, Warner, went bankrupt and Swift was then invited by Thaddeus Lowe to become director of the Mount Lowe Observatory, on top of Echo Mountain in southern California, until his retirement in 1900. The card is boldly signed and dated and is in fine condition, with minor age toning.

$225   #12574