Papers on Meteorology, relating especially to the climate of Britain, and to the variations of the barometer. Being Part I. [–Part II.] of the appendix to Barometrographia.
London: Taylor and Francis… 1854 [–1850].1854
2 volumes, 4to, 2 leaves, 76 pages, and 6 plates; 3 leaves, pp. 71, (1), 2 plates, 1 folding table as pp. 61–62. Original blue-green cloth, spine of part 1 a little worn at ends and with a few tears, backstrip of part 2 mostly missing, foxing on one or two plates, otherwise very clean copies. Presentation copies, inscribed on the title-pages “The author to his friend Alfred Waterhouse, Ackworth 26/ix-1854”, and with the small bookplate of Paul Waterhouse dated 1920. Alfred Waterhouse (1830–1905) was a highly successful architect and, like Howard, a Quaker. His son Paul Waterhouse (1861–1924) was also an architect.
FIRST EDITIONS. Howard, probably the most important English meteorologist of the nineteenth century, published these papers as an appendix to his Barometrographia (1847), a large folio of some magnificence with large diagrams representing the barometer’s changes. The publication of the Papers was announced in the Barometrographia. They include in the first part the remaining text of the Barometrographia, giving an account by E.W. Brayley of Howard’s work through half a century of meteorological observation, in particular of the barometer. The second part contains Howard’s papers communicated to the Royal Society. Loosely inserted in this copy is a printed sheet headed “Notes, Historical and Illustrative” (large folio, folded) containing meteorological observations made in London for use by readers of the present work who are not in possession of his Climate of London.