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Auction 198, Lot 34

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

Subject: Celestial Atlas

Period: 1835 (published)


Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 16.5 inches
36.3 x 41.9 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+

Contemporary hand color with light soiling and foxing. There is light offsetting on the first and last charts (the double-page ones). The string ties are broken so the pages are mostly loose. The covers are moderately stained with small chips around the edges. Overall, a better example than most we've seen.

Estimate: $475 - $600


Closed on 6/19/2024