Auction 90, Lot 53

"Set of three charts",

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1860 (published)

Publication: Two Systems of Astronomy

Color: Printed Color

Size:
11 x 7.7 inches
27.9 x 19.6 cm

An great set of charts depicting the solar system, from the view of the Holy Scriptures and the opposing view of Newton. Two of the set depict the solar system with the sun circling the earth. The other depicts the (Copernican) sun-centered solar system surrounded by other similar systems in the universe. The Muggletonians were a small English religious sect that objected to "modern" science, particularly heliocentric astronomy and Newtonian physics. These charts are authentic Baxter prints, made for the Muggletonians and meant to be circulated only among sect members. They have been stored in Muggletonian archives since 1860 and were only recently discovered. Baxter prints were printed in color by a patented process using oil pigments. The process produced beautiful gradations of color, but was far too expensive for commercial use. These are among the scarcest of known Baxter prints. In addition to the scarcity, they are important documents in the history of the relationship between religion and science. One print with some minor foxing, else fine.

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Condition: A

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $170

Closed on 3/15/2000

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