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Manuscript of a Paper 'Astronomical Experiment on the Peak of Tenerife, carried out under the sanction of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty by Professor C. Piazzi Smyth. Communicated by G.B.Airy, Esq., Astronomer Royal' in 'Philosophical Transactions' Volume 148 (1858) pages 465-534. Folder of drawings and watercolours, including tipped-in stereoscopic cards. Received 2 June 1857, read 18 June 1857. Last two pages in the manuscript provide an explanatory account of the photographs, how they were taken and developed, and what materials were used.

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Received at the Royal Society 2 June 1857, read 18 June 1857. Donated by Charles Piazzi Smyth in 1857

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1 volume; 1 box, MS Box, Large at Bay 060

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Charles Piazzi Smyth

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Charles Piazzi Smyth, Tenerife Papers of Charles Piazzi Smyth, 1856-1857, MS/626, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 13 July 2024

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