The library includes two volumes from the early printing era, dated 1499. There are seventeenth-century tomes by Kepler, Hevel, Galilei, and Lubienietz. Successively greater numbers of eighteenth and nineteenth century volumes are also included.
Facsimiles of several rare books are available for inspection, but you’ll need to be good at Latin to make much sense of them!
The Proctor Collection
A major collection of books on popular astronomy once belonging to the author Mary Proctor, including many of those she wrote herself.
The Smithsonian Collection
The annual report of the Smithsonian Institute contains an eclectic range of scientific articles on every topic from astronomy to zoology. Following a request from the Keeper of the Armagh Public Library, Rev. Wm Reeves, editions from 1862 onwards , along with miscellaneous scientific reports, were regularly sent to Armagh.
Image: From Mathesis, Book 2, chapter 29, sections 8-10: a treatise on astrology by Julius Firmicus Maternus written around A.D. 334-7. The edition in the AOP library was printed in 1499