Auction 133, Lot 725

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

Subject: Celestial Atlas

Period: 1835 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

15 x 16.5 inches
38.1 x 41.9 cm

Complete celestial atlas with eight 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. The covers are chipped and stained, and the spine is perished. The maps are still bound with the original string. One star chart has a 2" clean tear from the right. Most of the charts have scattered foxing, varying from considerable to light .

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/1/2010