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- File Size: 4898 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: 10 customer reviews
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Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning (Dover Books on Astronomy) Kindle Edition
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Other star folklore books don't measure in the detail as this one. If there is one fault I find with this book is that it is not illustrated. I had to use my own star map. On a personal note, because the authority of this book, I used it extensively as a source in my own writings ("On Earth as it is in Heaven, The Cosmic Roots of the Bible.")
Makes a great gift for that science/history geek in your life. Includes Arab, Babylonian, Oriental, Greek and even Biblical folklore.
The book loses 1 star because the original text was written in 1895: before the constellation names and boundaries were fixed by the International Astronomical Union in 1930. So a beginner could get confused by references to a star being in one constellation whereas the IAU put the star in another.
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.
I purchased this book in 2001 so as to preserve my hardback, first edition of 1899, when it was entitled “Star-Names and their Meanings”.
This 563 paperback edition replicates the original with 76 pages of indexes.
The inside cover states that this is an unabridged and corrected re-publication of the original. Despite that, there are some typographical errors.
I found this book attracted a good deal of interest way back in the early 1960s during my short stint at the London Planetarium close by Baker Street Station.
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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