Auction 140, Lot 54

"[Lot of 2] Atlas, Designed to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens… [and] The Geography of the Heavens, and Class Book of Astronomy…", Burritt, Elijah H.

Subject: Celestial Atlas

Period: 1835-36 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

See Description

This complete set includes Burritt's celestial atlas and his Class Book of Astronomy which was meant to accompany the atlas. 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 (14 x 17") include a vignette of astronomers using a telescope. The atlas, dated 1835, includes 8 charts of the constellations:

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.

Burritt's The Geography of the Heavens, and Class Book of Astronomy explores astronomy, the constellations, and the solar system, and features an introduction by Reverend Thomas Dick, an astronomer and philosopher who combined science and Christianity. This book is the third edition, published in 1836, with numerous figures and tables in black & white. Hardbound in new library buckram binding with gilt titling on spine, 330 pp, plus 8 tables (4" x 6.5").



This atlas is nearly always found in poor condition. The covers are chipped and stained, and the spine is perished and reinforced with cello tape. The "Plan of the Solar System" is loose and has several large damp stains and light offsetting. There is scattered foxing and soiling throughout, varying from light to considerable. (B)<br> The book has light, scattered foxing, and is newly rebound. (B+)

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $375

Closed on 5/23/2012