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  CELESTIAL 
 Celestial Maps 

THOMAS, Corbinianus. [18th century illustration of the Corona Firmiana constellation]
Coma Berenices. Frankfurt, 1730. Original colour. 125 x 135mm.
A chart of the Coma Berenices (- Berenice's hair -named after the legend of Queen Berenice II of Egypt, who sacrificed her long hair) constellation, engraved by Johann Christoph Berndt for the celestial atlas 'Mercurii Philosphici Firmamentum Firmianum', named for Thomas's patron, Leopold Anton von Firmian, Archbishop of Salzburg. Corbinianus Thomas (1694-1767), a Benedictine monk, was Professor of Mathematics and Theology at the University of Salzburg. His star atlas was first published in 1730 at Frankfurt, with a second edition at Augsburg the following year. He used an odd system for nomenclature: Bayer Greek letter for the star, Roman numeral for the magnitude and Arabic numeral for the star catalogue reference. KANAS: 7.7, 'beautiful illustrations'; WARNER, p.251.
[Ref: 14387]    £300.00 ($398 • €338 rates)


THOMAS, Corbinianus. [18th century illustration of the Dorado constellation]
Dorado. Frankfurt, 1730. Original colour. 125 x 135mm.
A chart of the Dorado (swordfish) constellation, engraved by Johann Christoph Berndt for the celestial atlas 'Mercurii Philosphici Firmamentum Firmianum', named for Thomas's patron, Leopold Anton von Firmian, Archbishop of Salzburg. Corbinianus Thomas (1694-1767), a Benedictine monk, was Professor of Mathematics and Theology at the University of Salzburg. His star atlas was first published in 1730 at Frankfurt, with a second edition at Augsburg the following year. He used an odd system for nomenclature: Bayer Greek letter for the star, Roman numeral for the magnitude and Arabic numeral for the star catalogue reference. KANAS: 7.7, 'beautiful illustrations'; WARNER, p.251.
[Ref: 14388]    £300.00 ($398 • €338 rates)


THOMAS, Corbinianus. [18th century illustration of the Eridanus constellation]
Eridanvs. Frankfurt, 1730. Original colour. 125 x 135mm.
A chart of the Eridanus (river) constellation, engraved by Johann Christoph Berndt for the celestial atlas 'Mercurii Philosphici Firmamentum Firmianum', named for Thomas's patron, Leopold Anton von Firmian, Archbishop of Salzburg. Corbinianus Thomas (1694-1767), a Benedictine monk, was Professor of Mathematics and Theology at the University of Salzburg. His star atlas was first published in 1730 at Frankfurt, with a second edition at Augsburg the following year. He used an odd system for nomenclature: Bayer Greek letter for the star, Roman numeral for the magnitude and Arabic numeral for the star catalogue reference. KANAS: 7.7, 'beautiful illustrations'; WARNER, p.251.
[Ref: 14389]    £240.00 ($318 • €270 rates)


THOMAS, Corbinianus. [18th century illustration of the Columba constellation]
Columba. Frankfurt, 1730. Original colour. 125 x 135mm.
A chart of the Columba (dove) constellation, engraved by Johann Christoph Berndt for the celestial atlas 'Mercurii Philosphici Firmamentum Firmianum', named for Thomas's patron, Leopold Anton von Firmian, Archbishop of Salzburg. Corbinianus Thomas (1694-1767), a Benedictine monk, was Professor of Mathematics and Theology at the University of Salzburg. His star atlas was first published in 1730 at Frankfurt, with a second edition at Augsburg the following year. He used an odd system for nomenclature: Bayer Greek letter for the star, Roman numeral for the magnitude and Arabic numeral for the star catalogue reference. KANAS: 7.7, 'beautiful illustrations'; WARNER, p.251.
[Ref: 14390]    £240.00 ($318 • €270 rates)


THOMAS, Corbinianus. [18th century illustration of the Tigris Fluvius constellation]
Tigris Fluvius. Frankfurt, 1730. Original colour. 125 x 135mm.
A chart of the Tigris Fluvius (River Tigris) constellation, engraved by Johann Christoph Berndt for the celestial atlas 'Mercurii Philosphici Firmamentum Firmianum', named for Thomas's patron, Leopold Anton von Firmian, Archbishop of Salzburg. Corbinianus Thomas (1694-1767), a Benedictine monk, was Professor of Mathematics and Theology at the University of Salzburg. His star atlas was first published in 1730 at Frankfurt, with a second edition at Augsburg the following year. He used an odd system for nomenclature: Bayer Greek letter for the star, Roman numeral for the magnitude and Arabic numeral for the star catalogue reference. KANAS: 7.7, 'beautiful illustrations'; WARNER, p.251.
[Ref: 14391]    £240.00 ($318 • €270 rates)


THOMAS, Corbinianus. [18th century illustration of the southern celestial pole]
Crux. Triangulum. Apis. Nubecula major. Camaeleon. Piscis. Phombus. Hidrus. Toucan. Frankfurt, 1730. Original colour. 125 x 135mm.
A chart of the southern skies, including the Southern Cross constellation, engraved by Johann Christoph Berndt for the celestial atlas 'Mercurii Philosphici Firmamentum Firmianum', named for Thomas's patron, Leopold Anton von Firmian, Archbishop of Salzburg. Corbinianus Thomas (1694-1767), a Benedictine monk, was Professor of Mathematics and Theology at the University of Salzburg. His star atlas was first published in 1730 at Frankfurt, with a second edition at Augsburg the following year. He used an odd system for nomenclature: Bayer Greek letter for the star, Roman numeral for the magnitude and Arabic numeral for the star catalogue reference. KANAS: 7.7, 'beautiful illustrations'; WARNER, p.251.
[Ref: 14393]    £300.00 ($398 • €338 rates)


THOMAS, Corbinianus. [18th century illustration of a sundial]
Horolgivm Horizontale. Frankfurt, 1730. Original colour. 120 x 125mm.
A chart of a sundial, engraved by Johann Christoph Berndt for the celestial atlas 'Mercurii Philosphici Firmamentum Firmianum', named for Thomas's patron, Leopold Anton von Firmian, Archbishop of Salzburg. Corbinianus Thomas (1694-1767), a Benedictine monk, was Professor of Mathematics and Theology at the University of Salzburg. His star atlas was first published in 1730 at Frankfurt, with a second edition at Augsburg the following year. He used an odd system for nomenclature: Bayer Greek letter for the star, Roman numeral for the magnitude and Arabic numeral for the star catalogue reference. KANAS: 7.7, 'beautiful illustrations'; WARNER, p.251.
[Ref: 14395]    £180.00 ($239 • €203 rates)


FERGUSON, James. [A rare astronomical volvelle by the 'Wheelwright of the Heavens']
The Astronomical Rotula Shewing the Change and Age of the Moon, the Motion of the Sun, Moon and Nodes, with all the Solar and Lunar Eclipses. London, c.1752. Printed volvelle with five discs, 320mm. diameter. Repairs to outer disc.
A table with five movable discs, allowing the user to determine the positions of the Sun and Moon for every day between 1752 and 1800. The instrument takes the form of four volvelles over a circular scale, the central volvelle with an engraved face of the sun. These volvelles are designed to show the ecliptic with its twelve signs through which the sun travels in twelve months, to the circle of twelve hours, similar to the dial plate of an early clock, the hour-hand to the sun, and the minute hand to the moon: moving in the ecliptic, the one always overtaking the other at a place farther than it did at their last conjunction. This shows the motions and places of the sun and moon in the ecliptic on each day of the year perpetually and, consequently, the days of all the new and full moons from the years 1752 until 1800. Despite being born to a poor tenant farmer in Banffshire, Scotland, and having only three months schooling at the age of seven, James Ferguson (1710-76) taught himself enough about astronomy to move to Edinburgh in 1734, where he made orreries and other models, which he used in lectures which he designed to be accessible to the general public. In 1743 he moved to London: he continued to teach, at the Royal Society and as a travelling lecturer. He also had works published, including 'The Use of a New Orrery'; 'Astronomy Explained upon Sir Isaac Newton's Principles and 'The Young Gentleman and Lady's Astronomy'. Milburn: Wheelwright of the Heavens: The Life and Work of James Ferguson, FRS.
[Ref: 16961]    £6,000.00 ($7,950 • €6,756 rates)


BUY DE MORNAS, Claude. [Set of illustrations of two Globes and an armillary sphere]
Introduction à la Géographie [&] Globe Celeste [&] Globe Terrestre Paris, Desnos 1761. Fine original colour. Three sheets, each 365 x 520mm. Very fine impression.
Very decorative set of three globe illustrations: an armillary sphere, a terrestrial globe and a celestial globe. They were published in a de luxe edition of Buy de Mornas' 'Atlas Methodique et Elementaire de Géographie et l'Histoire', with separately printed ornate borders.
[Ref: 16737]    £740.00 ($981 • €833 rates)


LEIGH, Samuel. [A complete set of instructive celestial cards]
Urania's Mirror, or a View of the Heavens. London: Samuel Leigh, c.1824. Original box with printed title label laid on; complete set of 32 engraved plates laid on perforated card, as issued, backed with original tissue. Coloured. Each card 140 x 200mm.
A full set of 32 cards illustrating the constellations visible from Britain, depicted in their classical form, perforated so the prime stars would shine through when each card was held up to light. The holes are of different sizes to represent the apparent magnitude of each star. On the lid of the box is an illustration of Urania, the muse of Astronomy. According to contemporary advertisements, the 'Mirror' was designed by 'a young Lady,' to make the study of astronomy 'familiar and amusing'; however the author has been identified as Reverend Richard Rouse Bloxam, an assistant master at Rugby School. Perhaps his wish to remain anonymous stems from his plagiarism of the designs of the constellations from Alexander Jamieson's 'A Celestial Atlas' of 1821. However the innovation of the perforations seems to have been his.
[Ref: 16887]    £4,750.00 ($6,294 • €5,349 rates)


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