In 1914 Joseph Henry Elgie, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, published The Stars Night by Night. Non-technical and affordable, it was one of the first guides that aimed to introduce the study of astronomy to an audience outside of the scientific community.
Combining Elgie's detailed observations of the night skies of his adopted county Yorkshire with poetic rhapsodies to the beauty of the heavens, it encouraged a generation of laymen and amateur enthusiasts to embrace astronomy.
One admirer of Elgie's work is Brian Jones.
Like Elgie's original, Brian Jones' adaptation of The Stars Night by Night is a comprehensive introduction and invaluable reference for all aspiring students of the stars. It is written in simple, jargon-free English, and includes a comprehensive glossary, as well as introductions to the key concepts and influential figures of astronomy. With over one hundred charts and diagrams, it provides a night-by-night breakdown of the notable stars and constellations to be spotted over the course of an entire year, covering both northern and southern hemispheres. And because it focuses solely on those celestial objects which remain constant year-on-year, it will remain an invaluable stargazer's companion for years to come.