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Academie des Sciences
Academie des Sciences Par quel sublime éssor, ravis à notre vue / Les mortels s'ourvrent-ils un chemin dans la rue? [...]
Dessiné par C. Eisen; Gravé par François, au Triangle d'Or, Hotel des Ursins, derriere St. Denis de la Chartre Avec Privilege 1760
Engraving, sheet 395 x 285mm (15½ x 11¼"). Trimmed along platemark, glued to album sheet at corners.
Allegory of the french Académie des Sciences, established in 1666 under the rule of Louis XIV, showing various scientific studies taking place. Engraving by Jean-Charles François (1717-69) after a design by Charles Eisen (1720-78), painter, draughtsman and illustrator.
[Ref: 44925]   £480.00  
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La Sphere Artificielle.
La Sphere Artificielle.
M. Ogier fecit.
[n.d., c.1720.]
Engraving. 140 x 130mm, 5½ x 5". Folded for binding.
A diagram of an armillary sphere, with three illustrations of the Earth underneath.
[Ref: 17843]   £85.00   (£102.00 incl.VAT)
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[Armillary sphere.]
[Armillary sphere.]
[Paris, 1770.]
Copper engraving with original colour. 320 x 555mm, 12½ x 21½". Split in centrefold, as normal.
A decorative engraving of an armilllary sphere, with Earth at the centre and the rings representing the various planes, on an ornate stand. Down the sides is an engraved text. Published for Clouet's 'Geographie Moderne'.
[Ref: 19976]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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S. Cunningham's Adventure with his Old Nurse and Astrologer.
S. Cunningham's Adventure with his Old Nurse and Astrologer.
W. Jett delin. J. Basire sculp.
[n.d., c.1742.]
Engraving. Plate: 200 x 310mm, (8 x 12").
Scene in an astrologer's study, with stuffed animals and animal skeletons suspended from the ceiling, specimen jars on the window ledge and globes and a compass on the desk behind. Plate to Charles Johnson's (fl.1724 - 1731) 'A General and True History of the Lives and Actions of the most Famous Highwaymen, Murderers, Street-Robbers, &c. To which is added, A Genuine Account of the Voyages and Plunders of the most Noted Pirates...' published by R. Walker, Birmingham, 1742. Inscribed 'Page 32' upper left.
Ex: Norman Blackburn Collection.
[Ref: 39878]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Astronomy.
Astronomy.
Ralph Willett inv. Wm. Collins fec. James Caldwall sculp.
[n.d., c.1800.]
Etching, 295 x 455mm. 11½ x 18".
From a series of designs by Ralph Willett (1719 - 1795), book and art collector, as realised by William Collins (1721 - 1793), modeller and sculptor. Collins had a large practice during the last half of the eighteenth century as a modeller of friezes and bas-reliefs for chimneypieces, reredoses, &c. He was one of the first members of the St. Martin's Lane Academy, and a member of the Incorporated Society of Artists, and signed the roll declaration in 1765, being one of the first directors of that society. He contributed to the first exhibition in 1760, and continued to exhibit up to 1768. This allegorical representation of 'Astronomy' was possibly part of Willett's decorative scheme for the estate of Merly in Great Canford, Dorset, which he purchased in 1751. In 1772 he built two wings, that on the south-east being a library (adorned with fanciful designs in arabesques and frescoes) eighty-four feet long, twenty-three wide, and twenty-three high.
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[Astronomy.]
[Astronomy.]
S. Wale inv. C. Grignion Sculp.
[n.d. c.1762.]
Engraving with large margins. Plate 201 x 120mm (8 x 4¾").
Astronomy: a young astronomer in his study, talking with his siters, who holds a book in her lap. He points out the window to the stars; a celestial globe and telescope beside them. Plate to Benjamin Martin, 'The young gentleman and lady's philosophy, London'; frontispiece.
In the Wellcome Collection: 46326i.
[Ref: 34702]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Astronomy.
Astronomy. Fitzgeralds General Preceptor Vol. pa:
London Publish'd by C. Taylor Holborn Dec.r 1 1795
Stipple printed in sepia, sheet 205 x 110mm (8 x 4¼"). Trimmed inside platemark on right offset.
Female figure alongide telescope and astronomical instruments, with a starry sky behind.
[Ref: 46020]   £85.00   (£102.00 incl.VAT)
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Tab: LXXXIII.
Tab: LXXXIII.
D. Chodowiecki del. Schleuen fc.
[n.d., c.1760.]
Etching, 190 x 240mm. 7½ x 9½". Tatty left margin.
Three images from one plate by the painter, draughtsman, etcher, and miniaturist Daniel Nicolaus Chodowiecki (1726 - 1801). At top right religious men gather around a table in consternation at the theories of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543), the first astronomer to formulate a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology, which displaced the Earth from the centre of the universe. A cityscape below. The son of of a merchant in Gdansk (Danzig), Chodowiecki made more than 2000 etchings, mainly illustrations for books by German writers like Lessing, Schiller, Goethe, and Klopstock. He also illustrated scientific books and translations of the works of foreign writers.
[Ref: 10522]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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[A lecture on astronomy.]
[A lecture on astronomy.]
Engrav'd for the Universal Magazine for J. Hinton, at the Kings Arms in St. Pauls Church Yard London, 1748.
Engraving, sheet 195 x 220mm. 7¾ x 8¾". Trimmed to image/title; two vertical folds (as normal).
Scientists in an interior surrounded by astronomical diagrams and globes. For the Universal Magazine.
[Ref: 13718]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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[Celestial Model.]
[Celestial Model.]
Engraved for the Universal Magazine.
Printed for the Universal Magazine. [n.d., c.1750.]
Hand-coloured engraving. Plate: 190 x 115mm (7½ x 4½") small margins.
A diagram of a celestial model, a central globe decorated with a celestial map, and attached are moons and planets.
[Ref: 46306]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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The Great Comet of 1843,
The Great Comet of 1843, as seen at the Cape of Good Hope in the Evening of March 3rd.
[c.1860.]
Lithograph, sheet 270 x 190mm. 10½ x 7½".
The Great Comet of 1843 was a comet which became very bright in March 1843 (it is also known as the Great March Comet of 1843). It was discovered on February 5, 1843 and rapidly brightened to become a great comet. It was a member of the Kreutz Sungrazers, a family of comets resulting from the breakup of a parent comet into multiple fragments in about 1106. These comets pass extremely close to the surface of the Sun—within a few solar radii—and often become very bright as a result. It was last observed on April 19, 1843. At that time this comet had passed closer to the sun than any other known object.
[Ref: 9541]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Folie du Jour.
Folie du Jour. Venus ou la pretendue Comete.
Depose a la Bibliotheque nationale, a Paris chez Berthet, Graveur [n.d., c.1800].
Hand coloured etching and engraving, sheet 120 x 175mm. 4¾ x 7". Two vertical creases from folds, as issued. Trimmed within plate and glued to scrap sheet.
A group of people observe a comet in the sky upper right. Engraved by Louis Berthet (1775 - 1808; fl.) in Paris. Numbered 'No.I' upper right.
[Ref: 9532]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Sonnet to the Comet: Beautifully conspicuous Oct. 23, 1807.
Sonnet to the Comet: Beautifully conspicuous Oct. 23, 1807.
[written by Capel Lofft.]
[n.d., c. 1807.]
Wood-engraving with letterpress. Sheet 135 x 70mm (5¼ x 2¾"). Laid on album paper.
Two sketches of the tail of the 'Great Comet of 1807' (spotted on the 9th September from Sicily, last recorded sighting on the 27th March 1808 from St Petersburg), illustrating a poem by Capel Lofft. Lofft thanks the proprietors of the 'Monthly Mirror' for the use of the wood engraving. Lofft (1751-1824), was a barrister with a conscience: in 1772, before he was called to the bar, he was involved in the Somerset v Stewart case, in which the Court of King's Bench decided that chattel slavery was unsupported by the common law in England and Wales.
[Ref: 44449]   £260.00  
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The Great Meteor of October 7, 1868.
The Great Meteor of October 7, 1868.
Kronheim & Co. London. Leisure Hour, July 1, 1869.
Coloured engraving. 178 x 235mm. 7 x 9¼".
The Great Fireball of 1868.
[Ref: 18979]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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The first Lecture in the Sciences of Geography and Astronomy.
The first Lecture in the Sciences of Geography and Astronomy.
Engrav'd for the Universal Magazine for J.Hinton at the King's Arms in St Paul's Church-Yard, London 1748.
Engraving. 195 x 230mm. Binding folds flattened.
[Ref: 6983]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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The Horizon.
The Horizon. Plate 5.
G. Wright Esq. inv et del. et pinx. Engraved by V. Woodthorpe, No 29 Fetter Lane London.
Published Dec.r 1st 1801 by R. Woolsey Islington.
Rare aquatint. 440 x 780mm (17¼ x 30¾"). Trimmed to plate at sides, some creasing.
An astronomical diagram, illustrating the celestial horizon. Underneath is large illustration of a bay lit by moonlight, with a man with a telescope sitting by a ruined classical arch.
[Ref: 40914]   £360.00  
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Atmospherical Phenomena of the Mock Suns.
Atmospherical Phenomena of the Mock Suns.
[n.d., c.1820.]
Etching, sheet 120 x 165mm. Trimmed within plate.
Mock suns, sun dogs and false suns are common names for the bright spot of light that sometimes appears on either side of the Sun, the same distance above the horizon as the Sun, and separated from it by an angle of about 22°. They usually show a red edge on the side closest to the Sun. On some occasions the entire spectrum of colors can be spread out in the sun-dog spot but, commonly, the red edge is followed by an orange or yellow band that merges into a diffuse white region. The effects result from the refraction by sunlight through small, flat, hexagonal-shaped ice crystals falling through the air such that their flat faces are oriented nearly horizontally. Book illustration, numbered 'Page 184' lower right.
[Ref: 9537]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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[Woodcut of an astrologer]
[Woodcut of an astrologer]
[c.1559]
Woodcut, sheet 290 x 205mm (11½ x 8").
Page from Sebastian Münster's 'Cosmographia'.
[Ref: 24529]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT) view all images for this item
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[Planetary Model.]
[Planetary Model.] Engraved for the Universal Magazine.
Printed for J. Hinton in Newgate Street.
Hand-coloured engraving. Plate: 190 x 110mm (7½ x 4¼"). Small margins
A diagram of a planetary model, a globe with attached planets.
[Ref: 46307]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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Diagram Illustrating the Theory of the Seasons.
Diagram Illustrating the Theory of the Seasons. The phenomena of the seasons is occasioned by the annual motion of the Earth...
Entered at Stationers Hall. [John Emslie.]
London: J. Reynolds, 174, Strand; Ackermann & Co., Strand; Reeves & Son, Cheapside. [n.d., c.1846.]
Hand-coloured engraving. Sheet: 295 x 235mm (11½ x 9¼"). Trimmed within plate.
A diagram showing the Earth's movment around the Sun with small vignettes of cherubs illustrating the characteristics of the seasons.
[Ref: 42716]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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Sturm's Reflections. January 25.
Sturm's Reflections. January 25.
Craig del. Romney sculp.
Published by R. Edwards. [n.d.c.1830.]
Engraving, rare. Plate 182 x 128mm (7¼ x 5"). Cut to platemark, left & right.
A man stands pointing out a comet to his son and wife. Christoph Christian Sturm (1740-1786), the German preacher and author, best known for his 'Reflections on the Works of God in Nature'.
[Ref: 34696]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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An Artificial View of the Transit of Venus June 3.d 1769 at London, in a large Celestial Landscape.
An Artificial View of the Transit of Venus June 3.d 1769 at London, in a large Celestial Landscape.
[n.d., c.1769.]
Engraving. 150 x 180mm (6 x 7"); large margins. Slight creasing.
In 1769 Venus made one of its periodic transits of the Sun. It was hoped that by taking readings from different parts of the world it would be possible to calculate the solar parallax and, by using triangulation, how far the Sun was from the Earth (the astronomical unit). Taking readings in Tahiti was the main purpose for James Cook's first circumnavigation.
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