|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Dimensions||517 x 634 mm|
A scarce, large-scale, celestial chart from Flamsteed's 'Atlas Coelestis' illustrating the Aquila, Sagitta, Vulpecula & Anser Delphinus constellations and neighbouring stars. Aquila the eagle, Sagitta the arrow, Vulpecula the fox and goose and Anser Delphinus the dolphin.
The 'Atlas Coelestis' was published in 1725 by Flamsteed's widow. Comprised of 27 double-page maps it was one of the finest examples of Europe's Golden Age of celestial cartography. This impression is from the 1753 edition of Flamsteed's Atlas, with page number printed to top right hand corner. P.23. This excellent example is in full wash colour with each star heightened in gold.
John Flamsteed (19th August 1646 – 31st December 1719) was English astronomer and was appointed the first Astronomer Royal at the London Observatory in 1675. He convinced Charles II to build the Observatory in Greenwich to aid British ships from getting lost due to the inaccuracy of star catalogues. Flamsteed started to compile a new star catalogue calculated from telescopic observations and this work continued until his death in 1719, this work is known as the 'Britannic Catalogue' and has been said to form the basis of the 'Atlas Coelestis'.
Condition: Slight staining to the outer margins and small loss to bottom corners of sheet, not affecting plate or image.