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The constellation Orion which is in the night sky in February, a detail from an engraving that is a map of the heavens. The entire map is 17" high and 14" wide, one of 10 pages that have become brown and fragile with age (158 years old).
The atlas is meant to accompany the book, "Geography of the Heavens," by Elijah H. Burritt. Burritt was a school teacher who wrote the book and created the atlas for instruction. Western Libraries does not own a copy of the book, but there are copies of the original book available in Google Books that have been scanned from library collections.
A detail from the front cover, "Galileo demonstrating his system." Inside are maps and plates of the constellations, the relative magnitude of the planets, the inclination of the orbits of the planets, and illustrations of clusters, nebulae, and comets.
For more information about about Burritt and the Geography of the Heavens read the article in Sky & Telescope magazine, available in Western Libraries Haggard Hall 3rd floor (QB1 .S536).
Kidwell, Peggy Aldrich. Elijah Burritt and the 'Geography of the Heavens.' Sky & Telescope, 69.1 (1985): 26-28
Come and see this original antique map of the heavens in Western Libraries Special Collections, located on the 6th floor of Wilson Library.