17 June 2008
FLAMSTEED, John (1649-1719). Atlas coelestis. London: for the author, 1729.
2o (545 x 408 mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece by G. Vertue after T. Gibson, engraved title vignette and head-piece, and 27 engraved double-page celestial maps by James Mynde and Abraham Sharp, uncut (small hole in last map). Contemporary quarter calf and marbled boards (rebacked, rubbed); red morocco-backed folding case.
FIRST EDITION, OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STAR ATLAS OF THE 18TH CENTURY. The Atlas coelestis was intended as a companion to the Historiae published in 1712 by the Royal Society's officers Sir Isaac Newton and Edmund Halley, without the author's consent, and was based on Flamsteed's imperfect catalogue which he had deposited with the Society in 1708. The atlas comprises 27 celestial maps centered on the major constellations visible from Greenwich. See Babson/Newton 329.
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