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Monograph of the Central Parts of the Nebula of Orion by Edward S. Holden 1882

This book titled "Monograph of the Central Parts of the Nebula of Orion" by Edward S. Holden, was published in 1882 by the US Government Printing Office. Holden divided this work into three major parts. Part I is a summary of historical observations. Part II presents observations made at the US Naval Observatory in Washington. Part III is a summary of all observations from 1656 through 1880. The book has a wonderful frontispiece showing a detailed sketch of the Orion Nebula, and there is an early photograph at the end of the book by Henry Draper. Edward Holden was a West Point graduate in 1870 and worked at the US Naval Observatory from 1873 to 1881. He was the director of the Washburn Observatory from 1881 to 1885. He became the first director of the Lick Observatory in 1888 and founded the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 1889. Holden resigned from the Lick Observatory in 1897 after an extended conflict with his subordinates. Holden tried to impose military discipline on the Lick astronomers, which the astronomers did not take too kindly to.