Item M15000-1652 - Geography of the Heavens - a Celestial Atlas

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CA ON00156 M/M15000-1652


Geography of the Heavens - a Celestial Atlas


  • 1833 (Creation)

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11 sheets (36.0 x 41.0cm)

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(b. 20 Apr 1794 - d. 3 Jan 1838)

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Elijah was born on April 20, 1794 to a poor family in New Britain, Connecticut.
When he was of age he commenced his training as a blacksmith.
Subsequently to becoming injured, he turned to astronomy. He studied at Williams College and graduated in 1816.
His Geography of the Heavens was published from Hartford, Connecticut, in approximately 1833. The nomenclature he developed, regarding the stars and constellations, is still being used today.
He died on January 3, 1838 at Galveston, Texas.

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A "Celestial Atlas designed to illustrate the Geography of the Heavens" by Elijah Hinsdale Burritt, an American astronomer and mathematician. This second edition was published in 1833 by F. J. Huntingdon in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Connecticut. The pages are as follows:

  1. "The visible heavens in October, November and December."
  2. "The visible heavens in January, February and March."
  3. "The visible heavens in April, May and June."
  4. "The visible heavens in July, August and September."
  5. "The visible heavens in the North polar region for each month of the year."
  6. "The visible heavens in the South polar region for each month of the year."
  7. "Planisphere of the whole heavens on Mercator's projection."

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Very fragile.

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