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Auction 190, Lot 38

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

Subject: Celestial Atlas

Period: 1835 (published)


Color: Hand Color

14.4 x 16.3 inches
36.6 x 41.4 cm
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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.


Condition: B

This atlas is nearly always found in poor condition, however most of the charts are in better condition than usual. The charts are in contemporary color with some soiling and foxing. The "Plan of the Solar System" chart is in the worst condition with heavy offsetting. The string tie has perished so the plates are all loose. The covers are moderately soiled and worn with small chips along the edges and spine.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $450

Closed on 11/16/2022