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Auction 135, Lot 55

"School Atlas of Astronomy…", Johnston, W. & A.K.

Subject: Atlases - Celestial

Period: 1886 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

7.5 x 11 inches
19.1 x 27.9 cm

This atlas was a collaboration between two distinguished figures in British astronomy and cartography - the cartographer Alexander Keith Johnston and the astronomer and academician Robert Grant. Johnston was one of the most important British mapmakers of the nineteenth century. His notable works included the National Atlas of General Geography (1843), The Physical Atlas (1846), the Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena (1856), and the first physical globe, which won a number of medals at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Johnston was appointed Geographer Royal for Scotland in 1843. Grant was Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Observatory at the University of Glasgow. The atlas is comprised of 21 beautiful chromolithographed plates. Hardbound in quarter calf with gilt-embossed front cover and spine.


Condition: A

Binding slightly shelf worn. Plates fine. Light foxing on endpapers.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 2/16/2011