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[ Solar System ] Par Camille Flammarion et Naud-Evrard / Dessin et peinture de E. Huguenin / Gravure de Cholet / Impron. de Hoock Fes., LE MONDE SOLAIRE [:] NOTIONS DE COSMOGRAPHIE. Paris: Librairie Ch. Delagrave, ca. 1880.

A stunning image of the Solar System printed using the pochoir technique

A stunning and unrecorded image of the solar system, the fruit of a collaboration between a famed scientific thinker and author, a geographer, a wallpaper manufacturer, and an educational publisher. This spectacular chart represents the Copernican model of the solar system, with the eight known planets, the asteroid belt and a pair of comets orbiting […]

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Printed by John Poulson, Approaching Solar Eclipse. Philadelphia, [June 1806].

Rare American broadside predicting the solar eclipse of June 16, 1806

An impressive 1806 astronomical broadside alerting Philadelphia-area residents to an upcoming solar eclipse, illustrated by a large woodcut diagram. Viewers in Philadelphia experienced the eclipse as only partial, though their compatriots in parts of New England and New York were treated to a “total obscuration of the solar disk”. Printed by newspaper publisher John Poulson […]

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1838 William Mitchell Map of the Island of Nantucket

Rare map of the Island of Nantucket by William Mitchell

Rare map of Nantucket by William Mitchell, described by Crosby as “the first large size map of local origin and of considerable accuracy” and one of the most sought-after maps of the island. Drawn by Nantucket astronomer and mathematician William Mitchell (1791-1868), the map depicts the island’s complex coastline, major topographical features, roads, and residences. […]

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[ Nostradamus ] Antoine de Fer, ROUE PERPETUELLE POUR PRONOSTIQUER LES ANNÉES FERTILES ET STERILES TRES FERTILES ET TRES STERILES POUR TOUTES LES ANNÉES TANT PASSÉES QVE AVENIR TIRÉE D'UN MANUSCRIPT DE M. MICHEL NOSTRADAMUS [“Perpetual Wheel For Predicting Fertile and Barren Years, Very Fertile and Very Barren For All Years, both in the Past and Future, Drawn from a Manuscript by Mr Michel Nostradamus”]. Paris: Antoine de Fer, [ca. 1641].

An unusual Antoine de Fer astrological instrument for predicting fertility… a unique complete example?

Rare and very unusual engraved circular astrological instrument for predicting the fertility of the different seasons and months of the year… obviously of particular importance to agriculture, although the underlying perpetual design may have permitted other applications. The design is credited to the greatest of the medieval astrologer/prognosticators, Michel Nostradamus. Remarkably, this example of the […]

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John Emslie / James Reynolds astronomical diagrams

Striking astronomical diagrams by Emslie and Reynolds ca. 1870

A charming and seemingly unrecorded edition of a portfolio of large-scale astronomical diagrams through the collaboration of James Reynolds and artist John Emslie, and designed “as an effective means of imparting knowledge through the medium of the eye, aided by suitable colouring, and the clear descriptions accompanying them” (advert in Proceedings of the Royal Geographical […]

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Amos Pettengill Stellarota 1828

The Stellarota … an early American planisphere

Only the fifth known example of Amos Pettengill’s 1828 Stellarota, possibly the earliest known American planisphere. Reverend Amos Pettengill (1780-1830), a pastor who served in various New England communities, was living in Connecticut when he published A View of the Heavens (1826), an astronomical textbook for children. A brief mention of the Stellarota in the textbook […]

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Very rare deck of astronomical playing cards

A very rare early 19th-century playing cards designed to educate players on “the sublime Science of Astronomy.” The set consists of 52 cards in 4 suits, as with a regular pack of cards. Here, however, each suit is assigned a season: Hearts represent Spring; Diamonds, Summer; Clubs, Autumn; and Spades, Winter. Cards 1 through 7 of […]

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