Book by Richard Proctor
A Popular Account of Past and Coming Transits
Essays on Astronomy: A Series of Papers ... and a Dissertation on the Approaching Transits of Venus...
The Sun: Ruler, Fire, Light, and Life of the Planetary System
The Coming Transit Of Venus, And British Preparations For Observing It. Part 6, from the book "Light Science For Leisure Hours", by Richard A. Proctor.
Entire scanned text of A Popular Account of Past and Coming Transits...by Richard Proctor; 1882; availed online by Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources. (30.7 MB)
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Plate I ; shows paths of Venus across the sun for past and future transits of Venus.
Plate III; world map shows the area in which the 1639 transit was visible.
Plates XII & XIII
Plates XIV & XV
From the "Quotes" page:
I think the astronomers of the first years of the twenty first century, looking back over the long transit-less period which will then have passed, will understand the anxiety of astronomers in our own time to utilise to the full whatever opportunities the coming transits may afford...;and I venture to hope...they will not be disposed to judge over harshly what some in our own day may have regarded as an excess of zeal."
Richard Proctor, Transits of Venus, A Popular Account, 1875
From Richard Proctor's Essays on Astronomy: A Series of Papers on Planets and Meteors, the Sun and Sun-Surrounding Space, Stars and Star Cloudlets; and a Dissertation on the Approaching Transits of Venus Preceded by A Sketch of the Life and Work of Sir John Herschel; London: Longmans, Green, and Co.,1872.
From Richard Proctor's The Sun: Ruler, Fire, Light, and Life of the Planetary System; London: Longmans, Green, and Co.,1871.