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Auction 102, Lot 66

"System According to the Holy Scriptures - Plate 10", 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

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.

An exquisite Baxter print depicting the solar system, from the view of the Holy Scriptures. This illustrates the Firmament, Moon and Stars revolving around the delicately engraved Earth during their cycle of day and night. One of the more beautiful Muggletonian pieces, with fine, luminous color. Engraved by W. P. Clubb & Son.


Condition: A

Slight toning in margins.

Estimate: $220 - $275

Sold for: $275

Closed on 3/5/2003