Plate 1 Plate 6
Set of SEVEN CELESTIAL CHARTS or MAPS OF THE HEAVENS
Elijah H. Burritt F.J. Huntington, Hartford 1833
This complete set of seven celestial charts with delicate original hand colour,one of them double-page, were drawn by Elijah H. Burritt engraved and printed by Illman & Pilbrow for F.J. Huntington, and published in Burritt, E[lijah] H. Atlas, Designed to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens.... Hartford, Connecticut: F. J. Huntington . 1833
These fascinating attractively hand coloured maps of the heavens are populated by the many constellations , their recognition served for centuries as a means of navigation, both over sea and on land being the GPS. of the ages, also their appearance in the night sky directed the movements of man in the celebration of religious ceremony and tillage of the land. Today they a source of wonderment and, despite condition, their scarcity has made them a prized source of collection for those
interested in astronomy or astrology.