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Solar system celestial globes sun earth orbits Copernican system 1799 rare chart
1799 - Untitled (Solar System / Celestial Spheres / Brahean System- Copernican System / Saturn and His 5 Moons/ etc.) Issued Philadelphia, 1799 by Francis & Bailey for Scott. Anon. engraver. Rare late-18th century engraved small near pocket sized celestial chart. Of particular interest from a thematic perspective, being among the earliest American produced Celestial engraved plates. In near VG or better condition, minor light surface age wear and toning as typical, small light age staining in right wide blank margin, but overall a superior visual example. Of note for the contrasting systems as well as the mention of four specific comets, one dating 1661, and one even seemingly engraved "appear (ed?) in 1796", meaning in the future. Possibly worthy of further investigation which we do not have time for. Entirely unsophisticated and relatively fresh example; clear plate impression upon a larger sheet resulting in a jumbo wide right blank margin vs. the narrow incut ll margin incut slightly, done deliberately to facilitate folding within the rare small gazetteer. Little known and rare 18th century, early and entirely American produced celestial image. Original fold line (s) as issued. Sheet measures c. 10" x 8" Engraved area measures c. 8" x 7" [R12909]not in Wheat & Brun, Maps & Charts Published in America Before 1800 only because they curiously did not include Celestial images as being a chart. Noting source for all other engraved plates, e. g. 905, et. al. Delaney, Landmarks in Thematic maps, p. 57. Jolly, Maps of America in Periodicals Before 1800, p. [check]
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