Auction 139, Lot 62

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

Subject: Celestial Atlas

Period: 1835 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14.3 x 16.3 inches
36.3 x 41.4 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.

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Condition: C+

Lightly toned with moderate foxing and offsetting, with the maps ranging from fair to good . There are several short tears affecting the first map. The celestial planisphere map (#8) is attached but coming loose. The covers are in excellent shape for this type of atlas.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $240

Closed on 2/15/2012

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