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Michael Sweeney Books

Natural history; crime fiction; literature and poetry; art; cycling.

Fitz Roy, Rear Admiral (Fitzroy)

The Weather Book: A Manual of Practical Meteorology. London: Longmans Green, 1863.


First edition. Early rebinding in half blue morocco and marbled boards, by Jarrolds of Norwich (originally appeared in blue cloth). 464pp. With 16 engraved charts at back, some coloured, as called for.
Robert Fitz Roy (or Fitzroy), 1805-65, was Captain of HMS Beagle, which sailed round the world with Darwin as naturalist. Fitz Roy, as well as being a great navigator, was a pioneering weather forecaster, and was appointed in 1854 as thr first head of what became the Met. Office. He was especially concerned with improving forecasting for shipping, and designed and installed barometers and weather warnings at ports. This book was a landmark in the early science of meteorology, and is rare. It was reprinted in the same year but appears to have no further editions. Copac lists 4 copies only, including the BL, Bodleian and Royal Society.


Ex Norfolk and Norwich library in the late 19th Century (2 labels, one to front cover and one inside dated 1898; 2 neat erased stamps on title page and one number on verso.

Current Condition

Good overall. Pages are very good and clean, with binding largely firm- a little slack at front hinge; covers are rubbed and worn but quite bright; some browning to endpapers.