Astronomy Books
Authored by Women
Women have been authoring astronomy books and related publications for hundreds of years. Although many have been written at the popular level, others have been creditable technical works for the astronomical community. The following list is an on-going accrual containing only authors that were working in the first half of the 20th century (although some may have been published later), as well as those published in prior centuries.

Books with an asterisk(*) following their title are in my library.
Popular and Technical levels of the books are indicated with: [P] Popular; [TL] Lightly Technical (HS level, little or no math); [TM] Moderately Technical (College level, algebra knowledge); [TH] Highly Technical (Graduate level, Calculus an beyond).

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Bowen, Eliza Andrews
Astronomy by Observation*
New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1886.
Agnes Mary

Problems in Astrophysics*
London: Adams & Charles Black, 1903.
A summary of the state of astrophysics in the beginning of the 20th century. 567 pages with 31 plates and 50 text figures. [TM].
Caroline E.
An Introduction to the Study of Variable Stars*
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1915.
327 pages dealing with star charts, stellar magnitudes, photometry, mean light curves, various types of variables, statistical studies, etc. by the third Director of Vassar College Observatory. [TL]
Florence Armstrong
The Romance of Astronomy; Music of the Spheres*
New York: Macmillan, 1926, 1942.
An introduction to the constellations, their legends and the solar system. 334 pages 24 plates and many text figures. [P].
Isabel Martin

Astronomy for Young Folks*
New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1922.
  A Handbook of Solar Eclipses*
New York: Duffield & Co., 1924.
Martha Evans

The Friendly Stars*
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1907.
  The Ways of the Planets*
New York: Chautauqua Press, 1912.
Annie S.D.
E. Walter Maunder
The Heavens and Their Story*
London: The Epworth Press.
Margaret W.
R. Newton Mayall
Skyshooting: Photography for Amateur Astronomers*
New York: Ronald Press, 1949.
Techniques for photographing the various types of objects in the sky. 186 pages with 72 photos and diagrams. [TM].
Proctor, Mary Half Hours with the Summer Stars*
London: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1911.
A compendium of astronomy topics about the stars that first appeared as a series in The Chicago Tribune in 1910. [P].
  The Book of the Heavens*
London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1924
The Sun, Moon and each planet of the solar system are discussed with respect to its history and current knowledge. The constellations are also covered, as well as current instrumentation of the day. 168 pages, many illustrations with over 40 plates. [P].
  Romance of the Moon*
New York: Harper & Brothers. 1928
The scientific knowledge of the Moon, as well as history and folk lore. 262 pages illustrated with seven plates. [P].
  Everyman's Astronomy*
London: John Giford Ltd., 1939.
Discusses the Sun, stellar drift, celestial photography, the Moon, craters, etc. 246 pages and illustrated with 23 photographic plates. [P].
  Evenings with the Stars -
  Romance of Comets -
  Romance of the Sun -
  Legends of the Sun and Moon -
  The Book of the Heavens -
  Origin of Comets -
  Wonders of the Sky -
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Somerville, Mrs.
Mary Fairfax
Mechanism of the Heavens*
London: John Murray, 1831
An in depth discussion of gravity, orbiting bodies, and celestial mechanics with all the differential calculus. Historical items are also discussed. 623 pages plus a 70 page preliminary dissertation. Contains many illustrations. [TH]
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Whitwell, Catherine Vale An Astronomical Catechism*
London: S. and J. Fuller, 1822
Wright, Helen Palomar - The World's Largest Telescope*
New York: The Macmillan Co., 1953
A 188 page discussion of the, then, largest telescope. [P].
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