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John FLAMSTEED & Jean FORTIN Atlas céleste de Flamstéed, publiée en 1776, par J. Fortin, ingénieur-mécanicien pour les globes & sphères

John FLAMSTEED & Jean FORTIN

Atlas céleste de Flamstéed, publiée en 1776, par J. Fortin, ingénieur-mécanicien pour les globes & sphères

Chez le citoyen Lamarche, à Paris 1795, petit in-4 (16x22cm), ix (1) 30pl. 47pp., relié.


Stated third edition of this atlas made up of 30 double plates mounted on guards (2 maps of the hemispheres and 28 of celestial figures, with a total of 2.935 stars.  Key to the size of the stars on each plate).
Contemporary half sheep. Spine with black sheep title label. Binding skillfully restored.
Marginal stain to first plate of the Northern Hemisphere. 1cm cut to plate of Ursa Major.
A very attractive celestial atlas.
First published in London in 1729 as a folio, Fontin (a cartographer) reduced the plates, adding the positions of the principal stars and a description of the major celestial figures in 1800. Flamsteed was a remarkable astronomer and developed the science to a point not seen in the 17th century. At the end of his career, he had enumerated no less than 3,000 stars as well as other accomplishments: the calculation of solar eclipses, viewing Uranus and so on…
 

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