FOR SALE A FINE RARE MID-19TH CENTURY ANTIQUE ASTRONOMY SET INCLUDING BOOK, CELESTIAL ATLAS, AND WHITHALL PLANISPHERE

FOR SALE A FINE RARE MID-19TH CENTURY ANTIQUE ASTRONOMY SET INCLUDING BOOK, CELESTIAL ATLAS, AND WHITHALL PLANISPHERE

$1499

OFFERED FOR SALE IS A VERY NICE SET OF AN ASTRONOMY BOOK, AN ATLAS, AND PLANISPHERE, BY DIFFERENT AUTHORS BUT ALL MEANT TO BE USED TOGETHER AND DATING FROM THE MID-19TH CENTURY

Dimensions

ATLAS: 14 X 17 INCHES, PLANISPHER: 15 INCH DIAMETER, BOOK : 5.6 X 4 X 1 INCH

Circa

1850

Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Scientific Books, Globes & Orreries, Telescopes - Other

Description

DESCRIPTION:  PLEASE SCROLL THROUGH ALL THE IMAGES!   Offered for sale is an exceptional fine and rare antique astronomy set.    The set includes the book GEOGRAPHY OF THE HEAVENS by Ellijah Burritt, 5th Ed 1845, the ATLAS DESIGNED TO ILLUSTRATE BURRIT’S GEOGRAPHY OF THE HEAVENS,  dated 1856, and WHITHALL’S MOVEABLE PLANISPHERE OF THE HEAVENS AT EVERY MINUTE, 2nd Edition. The planisphere states on it Adapted to BURRIT’S GEOGRAPHY of the HEAVENS to be used instead of the ATLAS. The atlas accompanying this set was actually used as a prop in a movie some years ago. One look at the cover and you can see why; the movie company actually paid to rent it from me. The atlas measures about 14 x 17 inches. The atlas contains 9 sections. Plate I is a double page featuring a plan of the solar system and relative magnitudes and distances. Map II is a map of the constellations of October, November and December. Map III is constellations of January, February and March. Plate IV is constellations of April, May and June. Map V is constellations of July, August and September. May VI and Map VII are constellations of the entire year. Maps VIII and IX are images of nebulas and star clusters (and galaxies, though they were still thought to be nebulas back then and are called such in the atlas).  The constellation illustrations in this atlas are quite beautiful.   The size of the book is about 6 1/2 X 4 X 1 inches. The planisphere has a diameter of about 15 inches. These items are all over 150 years old! Despite their age, they are in very nice condition, especially the illustrations in the Atlas and the Planisphere. The only caveat I need to mention is the the cloth pulls on the planisphere are very worn, and will likely tear off if you try to turn the planisphere by using them as intended. It will be shipped well packed with great care

CONDITION:
PLEASE READ THIS AND REVIEW ALL THE IMAGES, CAREFULLY AS THEY ARE PART OF THIS CONDITION REPORT. All in overall good condition with book intact, but with cracks of some parts of the cover hinges inside and out.  Pages of book are tight and intact in nice condition. Inside cover and title page of book with some light pencil marks and name of prior owner.  Inside rear cover of book stained. Edges of covers of book with wear. Planisphere very good with some losses around edges. Cloth pulls to turn the planisphere are worn. All of planisphere otherwise very good except for slight edge losses. Wrapper of planisphere has various edge tears and folds, but all print is there and easily  readable. Atlas cover and back have edge tears and have parts of edges missing; old tape repairs on the inside of  the covers, both covers are detached from the rest of the atlas.  Some of the other pages are detached but printed portions of all in very good condition. Please see all images above  to get a good idea of the condition of this rare set.

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US Scientique

I have been a scientific instrument collector and dealer for over twenty five years. I have a wide variety of instruments for sale, including globes, orreries, and microscopes. I also have a collection of meteorites for sale. I have a detailed knowledge of the history of many of my instruments and maintain an informational website (www.microscope-antiques.com) open to the public which, although it will include all types instruments, currently concentrates on microscopes. I am a member of the Quekett Microscopical Society and The Microscopical Society of Southern California. I have contributed numerous articles to the Journal of the latter, and have also written articles about orreries published in the Journal 'Rittenhouse,' the American Scientific Instrument Society Journal. Many other additional original articles I have written about microscopes and their history, can be found on my web site at www.microscope-antiques.com/articles.html. I have been a meteorite collector for decades and all of my meteorites are guaranteed to be absolutely authentic.

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