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Auction 102, Lot 64

"System According to the Holy Scriptures - Plate 7", Frost, Isaac

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1846 (circa)

Publication: Two Systems of Astronomy

Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 7.8 inches
27.4 x 19.8 cm
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The Muggletonians were a small English religious sect that objected to "modern" science, particularly heliocentric astronomy and Newtonian physics. Founded in the 1650's by two cousins who received "messages from God" that they were God's chosen witnesses prophesized in the Book of Revelations to preach to the ungodly world in its final days. The sect lasted well into the Victorian era. Isaac Frost, a scientist and prominent member of the sect was instrumental in the refinement of the Muggletonian's geocentric astronomical theory. This chart is an authentic Baxter print, printed in color by a patented process using oil pigments. The process produced beautiful gradations of color, but was far too expensive for commercial use. These are among the scarcest of known Baxter prints, as they were meant to be circulated only among sect members. In addition to the scarcity, they are important documents in the history of the relationship between religion and science.

Beautifully designed Baxter print charting the solar system, from the view of the Holy Scriptures. Shown is the Sun on its track around the Earth on its mission of rising and setting. The times of day are noted in Roman numerals around the planet. One of the lovlier Muggletonian piece, with colors mimicking sunset and sunrise. Engraved by W. P. Clubb & Son.


Condition: B

Scattered, light foxing.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 3/5/2003