Moon shots and miniatures lead extraordinary contents sale

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The drawing room at Oxmantown

In 1857, in what we would now call his gap year, a 20-year-old American, Henry Draper, arrived at Birr Castle where the third Earl of Rosse had erected the world’s largest telescope, the 72-inch Leviathan.

Seventeen years earlier, Draper’s father had made the first-ever photograph of the face of the moon.

His son’s experiences at Birr determined him to exploit photography for astronomical purposes, building his own observatory on his father’s estate at Hastings-on-Hudson,...

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