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1875 Stieler Map of the Stars and Constellations (2 sheets)

Der Nordliche Stern.Himmel.   Der Sudliche Stern.Himmel. - Main View

1875 Stieler Map of the Stars and Constellations (2 sheets)


Pair of Celestial Maps depicting the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.


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.


Johan Georg Justus Perthes (September 11, 1749 - May 2, 1816) was one of the most important German cartographic engravers of the 19th century. He was born in the Thuringian town of Rudolstadt, the son of a court physician. In 1778, he began working as a bookseller in Gotha. Perthes began his publishing empire shortly thereafter with the 1784 issue of the famed survey of European nobility known as the Almanac de Gotha. In the next year, 1785, he founded the cartographic firm of Justus Perthes Geographische Anstalt Gotha. His son Wilhelm Perthes (1793 - 1853) joined the firm in 1814. Wilhelm had prior publishing experience at the firm of Justus Perthes' nephew, Friedrich Christoph Perthes, who ran a publishing house in Hamburg. After Justus Perthes died in 1816, Wilhelm took charge and laid the groundwork for the firm to become a cartographic publishing titan. From 1817 to 1890. the Perthes firm issued thousands of maps and more than 20 different atlases. Along with the visionary editors Hermann Berghaus (1797 - 1884), Adolph Stieler (1775 - 1836), and Karl Spruner (1803 - 1892), the Perthes firm pioneered the Hand Atlas. When Wilhelm retired, management of the firm passed to his son, Bernhardt Wilhelm Perthes (1821 – 1857). Bernhardt brought on the cartographic geniuses August Heinrich Peterman (1822 - 1878) and Bruno Hassenstein (1839 - 1902). The firm was subsequently passed to a fourth generation in the form of Berhanrd Perthes (1858 – 1919), Bernhard Wilhelm's son. The firm continued in the family until 1953 when, being in East Germany, it was nationalized and run as a state-owned enterprise as VEB Hermann Haack Geographisch-Kartographische Anstalt Gotha. The Justus family, led by Joachim Justus Perthes and his son Wolf-Jürgen Perthes, relocated to Darmstadt where they founded the Justus Perthes Geographische Verlagsanstalt Darmstadt. More by this mapmaker...


Stieler, A., Hand-Atlas, (Gotha: Justus Perthes) 1875.    


Very good. Original centerfold. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 2449.001, 2449,002. Phillips (Atlases) 4352.