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"An Explanation of the Gnomonic Projection of the Sphere" by Augustus De Morgan 1836

"An Explanation of the Gnomonic Projection of the Sphere", by Augustus De Morgan, was published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in 1836. The book explains the construction and use of the their "Maps of the Stars" and "Six Maps of the Earth". The original owner of this book was Hugh Lee Pattinson, who was an English industrial chemist, known for developing a process for refining silver. He is also known for his early daguerreotype photographs, and he was also a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. His great granddaughter was Gertrude Bell. Hugh Pattinson's bookplate is present on the front endpaper, but someone erased his name. I was able to validate that the bookplate belonged to Hugh Pattinson. His arms Ex Vile Pretiosa (from base materials to precious ) reflect his discovery of the silver refining process.