Geography of the Heavens Circa 1856 Full Set of 6 Original Lithographs
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SOLD Geography of the Heavens, published with the accompanying Celestial Atlas, was a comprehensive source on astronomy: constellations, stars, planets, moons, comets, eclipses, transits, covers. Elijah Burritt used graphical illustrations to recreate the heavens and the constellations within. Designed as a textbook, this work had wild success, selling over 300,000 copies by 1876, and having several editions.
This set of six original lithographs come from the 1856 edition of the book. Illustrated with great detail, these prints show different slices of the cosmos and the constellations therein.
About the Author:
Elijah Burritt (1794-1838) was born in Hartford County, Connecticut as the first of ten to a poor family. His movement restricted by an early accident, he became immersed in his studies and became a teacher to support his own education financially. He would eventually move back to his hometown and convert his childhood home into a boarding school, complete with an observatory, telescope, and other astronomical instruments.
20"W x 21"H (each)