Auction 129, Lot 890

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

Subject: Celestial Atlas

Period: 1835 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14 x 16.5 inches
35.6 x 41.9 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, with 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.

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Condition: B

Covers dirty and damp stained with maps loose. First chart has damp stains, other charts very good, except the last chart that has some stains. There are pencil sketches on verso of the last chart and the inside of the back cover. Overall, better condition than is usual for this atlas.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/23/2009

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