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[William Rogerson, astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Rogerson.') to 'W. S. B. Woodhouse Esqr.', regarding William Holden and his memorial to Jeremiah Horrox.

Author: 
William Rogerson (1796-1872), astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and putative murderer of the son he had by his daughter [Moses Holden (1777-1864) of Preston, astronomer; Jeremiah Horrox
Publication details: 
11 August 1847. 19 George Street, Greenwich.
£45.00

Rogerson was employed at the Royal Observatory between 1822 and 1845. The long entry on Rogerson on the Royal Observatory website (which states that he 'brought both honour and shameful publicity to the Observatory'), gives full details of the circumstances surrounding his dismissal, and his trial for the murder of his son Theodore Horatio Richardson, one of three or four children had by his daughter Ann Maria. 3pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight traces of glue from mount to blank reverse of second leaf. One fold. Fifty-three lines, closely written.

[Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist and folklorist, author of 'The Golden Bough'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. G. Frazer') discussing 'the marriage rules of savages' and their 'aversion to inbreeding'.

Author: 
Sir J. G. Frazer [Sir James George Frazer] (1854-1941), Scottish anthropologist and folklorist, author of 'The Golden Bough'
Publication details: 
No. 1 Bride Court, Temple, E.C. [London] 7 May 1918.
£500.00

3pp, landscape 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip from stub of mount still adhering. The male recipient is not named. Thirty-five lines of closely and neatly written text.

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