Zodiac Signs, John Flamsteed Celestial Atlas, Antique Astronomy Prints 1776

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Flamsteed Title Page
FLA202 NFS
Planet Saturn, Saturn's Rings
Encyclopedia Londinensis
FLA81 $195
Constellation Ursa Major, Ursa Minor
Encyclopedia Londinensis
FLA
82 $245
Constellation Ursa Major, Ursa Minor
Encyclopedia Londinensis
FLA
62 $245
Planetary Star Map
FLA
66 $235
Planetary Star Map
FLA
67 $255
Planetary Star Map
FLA
84  $265
Constellation Pegasus
FLA70 $265
Charioteer, Camelopardalis Constellation
FLA72 $245
Orion, Eridan, Taube Constellation
FLA71
SOLD
Astrological Sign Virgo
FLA
77 $265
Wallfisch, Cetus Sea Dragon Constellation
FLA74 $225
Cancer, Constellations Ursa Major, Leo Minor
FLA76 $245
Consellation Ursa Major
FLA73 $245
Virgo, Cancer, Leo Signs, Hydra, Sextans, Crater Consellations
FLA75 $225
Virgo, Leo Signs, Hydra, Sextans, Crater Constellations
FLA7
8 $225
   

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Zodiac Signs, John Flamsteed Celestial Atlas, Antique Astronomy Prints 1776

We are very pleased to present these beautiful hand colored copper engravings from the 1776 edition of the Atlas Celeste de Flamsteed, updated by J. Fortin in 1776. Flamsteed was born into a prosperous family & was largely self taught as he did not attend University due to poor health. His extensive studies in astronomy resulted in his being appointed the first Astronomer Royal by King Charles II, with the Royal Observatory at Greenwich being built for him to continue his observations of the heavens.

Flamsteed was the first astronomer to sight Uranus in 1690, naming it 34 Tauri, as he believed it to be a star. He accurately calculated the solar eclipses of 1666 and 1668. In 1677 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society & was a peer of such illustrious scientists as Newton, Moore and Halley, with whom his relations were contentious. His Celestial Atlas was published ten years posthumously by his wife. It set the standard in professional astronomy for almost a century, with the positions of over 3,000 stars given more accurately than ever before.

This superbly decorative work was re-worked by Fortin in 1776. The prints are ORIGINAL copper engravings that have been beautifully hand colored by one of the few remaining professional colorists. Each print measures approximately 10 by 8 3/4 inches. The condition of the plates is very good, with the paper being a strong, watermarked chain lined type in a soft white. There are a few mostly marginal fox marks as shown. A copy of the title page will be provided.


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