- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2876 KB
- Print Length: 592 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised edition (28 Feb. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CWR4NTS
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- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #942,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning (Dover Books on Astronomy) Kindle Edition
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It covers all the constellations and the Milky Way in consummate detail and the information isn't just regurgitated piecemeal. It's interspersed with items of poetry which, for me, really brought the descriptions to life. Bear in mind however that it was written in 1899 and some of the statements Allen makes may refer to constellations that are no long extant, and search as I might I found nothing about the teapot or the steering wheel :-) But this is to nitpick, if you want to know the meanings of the names of the stars and constellations, never mind that at the finish we aren't really sure whether the names are based on tales from Sumer, Akkad, Babylon, China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Arabic or the 16th / 17th centuries, this is the book, it's a journey in itself.
As has been said it is really a reprint but none the worse for all of that.
It will add to my collection of references on astronomical naming of stars and and constellations.
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