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Atlas Celeste]; Exceedingly rare edition of John Bevis's 'Unpublished' Atlas Celeste, also referred to by some as the "Forgotten Star Atlas" or the "Ghost Book"
John Bevis, London, 1786. Celestial Atlas. Oblong folio (19 1/4" x 14 7/8"), leather spine over marble boards. "Table of the Stars" in gilt on spine. 51 uncolored engraved celestial charts. No frontispiece, title or index page. Individual charts with printed arms of the dedicatees (either academic institution or nobleman) beneath each image. Each annotated with pencil, possibly by Richard Alexander, the previous owner. Plates are generally in good condition with foxing and minor staining. First and last plates exhibit comparatively more foxing. First fly leaf and plate I detached from binding with tape residue. Includes signature and embossed seal of the possible previous owner, Richard Alexander, Madison Square Post Office, New York City and the 'Philosopher's Library of New York', possibly his own private library. Pasted book plate with engraved shield for Bateman and another pasted book plate with a globe. Faded pencil markings read "John Bevis 1745 Mr. Wesley Secretary of the the Royal Astronomical Society". Manuscript note pasted on inside cover reads, "Mr. Wesley the Secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society informs me that he believes this to be the work of Dr. John Bevis about 1747. The work was never published owning to the bankruptcy of the engravers but some copies got into the hands of the Public. Mr. Wesley only knows of three one in the R.A.S library, one which belongs to the late Professor Adams and this one. The one in the R.A.S library has an engraved frontispiece but no name or date to identify it. It was bought." The later part of the note is missing. C … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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