Vintage Astronomy

Hello! How is everyone doing today? First of all, I’d like to thank Aleksei Klimkin for the previous post before this one, so thank you for sharing that with all of us, Aleksei! You’re always a top contributor to our society!

I am fascinated by vintage astronomy. You know, astronomical artifacts that are so much out of copyright that they belong to the public domain! In fact, I made our society’s Facebook Group cover photo out of vintage astronomy artifacts, I put some photos together and made a collage as a FB cover and voilà! We now have a unique and attractive look to our group! So anyway, today I would like to share some of the said paraphernalia with all of you and if you’re like me, you’ll feel an odd, novelty-type of excitement that makes you just want to crawl into the pictures and go back hundreds of years in time! Feel free to click on the images to enlarge, don’t overlook those yummy little details and do enjoy your time!

Solar Eclipse, 1800's.
Solar Eclipse, 1800’s.
Zodiac Stories, by Blanche Mary Channing, Circa 1899
Zodiac Stories, by Blanche Mary Channing, Circa 1899
Teatro d’imprese (1623)
Teatro d’imprese (1623)
Illustration by Al-Biruni (973-1048) of different phases of the moon, from Kitab al-Tafhim (in Persian).
Illustration by Al-Biruni (973-1048) of different phases of the moon, from Kitab al-Tafhim (in Persian).

Translation of above Persian text, according to Wikipedia:

“Why – why the increase and decrease of the light of the moon is settled while other stars don’t behave so,
observing these and not understanding the spirit of these is a misdeed
that the light of the stars is of their own”

Albrecht DÜRER. Nude Woman with the Zodiac. c. 1502
Albrecht DÜRER. Nude Woman with the Zodiac. c. 1502
Tableau de Geographie Physique. Circa 1838.
Tableau de Geographie Physique. Circa 1838.

On the left of the above image, we can see a geographical tableau (a map of nothing; yet presenting the possibilities of everything) and on the right we can see an astronomical chart which is divided into various elements.

 

Tableau Uranographique et Cosmographique. Circa 1852 (M. Vuillemin)
Tableau Uranographique et Cosmographique. Circa 1852 (M. Vuillemin)

About the image above, Wikipedia says: “An uncommon and attractive 1852 Astronomical and Cosmographical chart by M. Vuillemin. Includes numerous charts showing the Ptolemaic planetary system, the modern planetary system, the Lunar system the seasons, directions, an armillary sphere, etc… Along the bottom of the map several classical style decorative frames depict a storm at sea, an avalanche, an waterfall, and an volcano. Features a beautiful frame style border. Prepared by M. Vuillemin and J. G. Barbie du Bocage for publication as plate no. 1 in Maison Basset’s 1852 edition of the Atlas Illustre .”

A chart of binary/double stars, Circa 1850. (An Abridgments of Smith's Illustrated Astronomy)
A chart of binary/double stars, Circa 1850. (An Abridgment of Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy)

 

Anatomical Catechism, or Dialogues between A Mother and Her Daughter. Catherine Vale Whitwell. Circa1818.
Anatomical Catechism, or Dialogues between A Mother and Her Daughter. Catherine Vale Whitwell. Circa1818.
Earth, Moon and Sun. Anatomical Catechism, or Dialogues between A Mother and Her Daughter. Catherine Vale Whitwell. Circa 1818.
Earth, Moon and Sun. Anatomical Catechism, or Dialogues between A Mother and Her Daughter. Catherine Vale Whitwell. Circa 1818.
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