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Auction 102, Lot 65

"System According to the Holy Scriptures - Plate 9", 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.

Stunning Baxter print of the Biblical view of the universe. It shows the Firmament, Moon and Stars all revolving around the Earth. Also noted is the passage of a year, noting that The Year originally reckoned from the beg'n of April to the end of March. A fine example of the delicate color and shading for which these scarce Baxter prints are known. Engraved by W. P. Clubb & Son.


Condition: A

Image very nice, margins quite toned.

Estimate: $220 - $275

Sold for: $250

Closed on 3/5/2003