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Auction 130, Lot 867

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

Subject: Celestial Atlas

Period: 1835 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

14 x 16.5 inches
35.6 x 41.9 cm
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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

This atlas is nearly always found in poor condition, and this example is better than most. The covers are chipped and stained. The maps are detached. First and last charts are toned on the fold. The star charts have some toning and scattered foxing and a couple of chipped corners, not affecting the charts.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $400

Closed on 12/2/2009