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Atlas Céleste de Flamstéed, approuvé par l'Académie Royale des Sciences, et publié sous le privilege de cette compagnie.Paris, F.G. Deschamps, "l'Auteur" [= Fortin] (colophon: printed by the widow Hérissant), 1776. 4to. With 30 double-page engraved star charts, 9 pages of letterpress tables of stellar data. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine.
Brown, Astron. Atlases, pp. 47-48; De La Lande, pp. 553-554; DSB V, pp. 22-26; Warner, The Sky Explored, pp. 80-82 note. The first revised edition (and first French edition) of Flamsteed's great, innovative and highly influential stellar atlas ("superior to all earlier atlases" - Warner), first published posthumously in 1729 (in folio) and here reduced, revised and corrected with the addition of a large number of new stars. This edition also expands the original 2 celestial hemispheres and 25 detailed star charts centred on particular constellations by adding the omitted hind parts of the constellation Hydra, a much more detailed chart of the central part of the southern hemisphere (never visible from Europe) by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille and a chart showing triangulations in the northern hemisphere. In fine condition, with only a small spot on the title-page and a couple marginal spots in the plates. Binding rubbed. A carefully revised and corrected edition of the most important celestial atlas of the 18th century.
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