"The Newtonian System - Plate 1", 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.
Wonderfully designed Baxter print showing Newton's view of the Universe. This shows the Sun within its revolving solar system, as well as a myriad of other solar systems surrounding ours in a panoply of evenly spaced circles. Engraved by W. P. Clubb & Son.
Scattered, light foxing concentrated in blank margins.