Der Nordliche Stern.Himmel. Der Sudliche Stern.Himmel.
1875 (undated) 12 x 15 in (30.48 x 38.1 cm)
A desirable set of two celestial maps depicting the stars, constellations, and comets of the northern and southern hemispheres. Both maps illustrate the night sky on a blue-green field with the constellations of the Zodiac subtly rendered. Also identifies various star clusters, comets, the Milky Way (Milch Strasse), etc. The size given below is the size for the individual plates. The southern is slightly larger than the northern sheet, though they will still frame together beautifully. engraved by Dr. C. Bruhns and C. Hellfarth and published by Justus Perthes for Adolf Stieler 1875 Hand-Atlas.
Justus Perthes (1749 - 1812) was one of the most important German cartographic engravers of the 19th century. Perthes began his publishing empire with the 1784 issue of the famed survey of European nobility known as the Almanac de Gotha. In 1817 Perthes switched his focus to cartographic publishing. From 1817 to 1890 the Perthes firm would issue thousands of maps for more than 20 different atlases. Along with the visionary editors Stieler, Peterman, Meyer and Spruner, the Perthes firm pioneered the Hand Atlas. He also produced a number of important wall maps and case maps. Perthes maps are admired for their steel plate engraving, incredible detail, dedication to accuracy, and fine colorization. The Justus Perthes firm continues to produce maps and atlases to this day.
Stieler, A., Hand-Atlas, (Gotha: Justus Perthes) 1875.
Very good. Original centerfold. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 2449.001, 2449,002. Phillips (Atlases) 4352.