C1856

Comparative Sizes of the Planets. Transists of the Planet Mercury across the disc of the sun

Mapmaker:

Alexander Keith Johnston (1804 - 1871)

$A 275

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S/N: SAOA-1009-CEL–189842
(C030)
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Full Title:

Comparative Sizes of the Planets. Transists of the Planet Mercury across the disc of the sun

Date:

C1856

Mapmaker:

Alexander Keith Johnston (1804 - 1871)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Colour printed engraving.

Image Size: 

305mm 
x 235mm

Paper Size: 

340mm 
x 270mm

Description:

Scarce celestial map showing the from Johnston’s Atlas of Astromony, based on the information supplied by Professor Grant of the Glasgow Observatory, Warren De La Rue President of the Royal Astronomical Society of London and Padre Secchi Director of the Observatory of the Collegio Romano.

Biography:

Alexander Keith Johnston (1804 –1871).

Johnston was a Scottish cartographer educated the University of Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to the Edinburgh engraver and mapmaker, James Kirkwood.

In 1826 he and his brother William began in a printing and engraving business, forming the well-known firm of W. and A. K. Johnston. Johnston was a prolific mapmaker and publisher. He was soon professionally recognised by being appointed Geograpger Royal of Scotland, in October 1849 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and in 1862 he was a founding member of the Meteorological Society of Scotland.

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