Auction 119, Lot 899

"Atlas, Designed to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens", Burritt, Elijah H.

Subject: Celestial Atlas

Period: 1835 (dated)

Publication: Huntington and Savage

Color: Hand Color

14.5 x 16 inches
36.8 x 40.6 cm

Complete celestial atlas with eight hand colored charts of the constellations. This popular star atlas was intended for the general public, rather than for professional astronomers. Only the brighter stars and nebulae, and their allegorical forms, are depicted on the charts. The stiff paper covers include a vignette of astronomers using a telescope. Charts include:

1) A Plan of the Solar System Exhibiting its Relative Magnitudes and Distances.
2) The Visible Heavens in January, February, and March.
3) The Visible Heavens in October, November, and December.
4) The Visible Heavens in April, May, and June.
5) The Visible Heavens in July, August, and September.
6) Southern Circumpolar Map for each Month in the Year.
7) Northern Circumpolar Map for each Month in the Year.
8) A Celestial Planisphere, or Map of the Heavens.


Condition: B

Covers are stained and worn with a previous owner's name on front in ink, dated 1850. Maps with original color, toned with occasional foxing, stains and surface soil.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $375

Closed on 5/9/2007