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Auction 182, Lot 45

"Planisphere pour les Alignements des Principales Etoiles", Flamsteed/Fortin

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1776 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Celeste de Flamsteed...

Color: Hand Color

9.5 x 7.6 inches
24.1 x 19.3 cm
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This fascinating celestial chart shows the alignments of the principal northern stars. The Milky Way is prominently shown. It was published in Jean Fortin's reprint of John Flamsteed's important celestial atlas. Flamsteed (1646-1719) was the first Astronomer Royal of Great Britain, and his atlas featured 30 of the most accurate and detailed star charts of its era. The original edition, being expensive, unwieldy, and not aesthetically pleasing, was reprinted and reduced in size by Fortin in 1776 using Flamsteed's original plates. This smaller, more affordable issue soon became the standard as numerous improvements were made including the addition of new constellations and more nebulae.

References: Warner pp. 84-85.

Condition: B

There are light stains in the upper corners, light scattered foxing throughout, and a couple small chips in the margins at top left and top right.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $75

Closed on 4/28/2021