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Auction 185, Lot 47

"Atlas, Designed to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens, Comprising the Following Maps or Plates", Burritt, Elijah H.

Subject: Celestial Atlas

Period: 1850 (published)


Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 16.6 inches
36.3 x 42.2 cm
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This edition of Burritt's popular celestial atlas was revised by Hiram Mattison and published by Huntington & Savage and Mason & Law. It is complete with eight charts of the solar system and 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 paper covers include a vignette of View of the Earth, as Seen from the Moon. 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


Condition: B

Plates have some offsetting, minor stains, and dampstaining along the sheet edges that is more prominent in the first few plates. Wrappers are stained, worn, and have been reattached with binder's tape along the hinges.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $275

Closed on 11/17/2021