Auction 134, Lot 65

"[Lot of 7 - Celestial]", Burritt, Elijah H.

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1835 (dated)

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Color: Hand Color

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Northern Circumpolar Map for each Month in the Year [and] Southern Circumpolar Map for each Month in the Year, (12.5 x 12"). Two matching celestial charts showing the sky and constellations of the polar sky; extending from approximately 45° North or South declination. Details the constellations of The Phoenix, Dorado, Apus, Ara, Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Perseus, Auriga, the Lynx, Ursa Major and Minor, Draco, and more. Each is finely engraved with original hand coloring. Stars are shown by their magnitude between 1 and 6, plus star clusters and nebula. Beside the stars and constellations, the Milky Way is prominently shown. Covers the sky from 50° North to South Declination.

Plates II, III, IV, V, & VI, (13 x 13.5") Four celestial charts showing the constellations during the months of January, February, March / April, May, June / July, August, September / October, November, December. Shows Orion, Taurus, Cancer, Perseus, Monoceros, Hydra, Bootes, Ursa Major, Leo, the Centaur, Corona Australis, Capricornus, Scorpio, Libra, Hercules, and many more. Each is finely engraved with original hand coloring. Stars are shown by their magnitude between 1 and 6, plus star clusters and nebula. Beside the stars and constellations, the Milky Way is prominently shown. Covers the sky from 50° North to South Declination. Matching set of four.

A Celestial Planisphere, or Map of the Heavens, (20 x 13.8"). A well engraved star chart that shows the Ecliptic Line crossing the sky from east to west, the Milky Way, and dozens of constellations filling the sky. Along the bottom is a scale showing the sun's place in the ecliptic orbit for every day of the year and shows the stars of the Zodiac with their astronomical symbols.

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Condition: B

All with some foxing, offsetting or staining and are generally B+ but a couple may be only good (B). The Celestial Planisphere plate has some edge tears, a split into the image and part of the upper right corner is missing almost to the neatline. (B)

Estimate: $100 - $150

Sold for: $220

Closed on 12/1/2010

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