Celestial

Comets and Aerolites

Steel engraving with original hand colour, drawn and engraved by John Emslie. Published as part of Astronomical Diagrams by James Reynolds, 174 Strand, [London], undated, but circa 1850.

Sheet size: 9" x 11 1/4".

Very good condition - finely engraved and superbly coloured.

Printed on to card, the central image is an illustration of the eccentric orbit of a comet, demonstrating that the tail points away from the sun. Surrounding this are depictions of twelve comets, numbered with a key below. They are the comets of 1680, 1741 (with six tails), 1811, Halley's Comet, Encke's Comet and six images based on ancient sources. The two vignettes at the bottom left and right show meteor showers witnessed in Europe in November 1836 and at the Niagra Falls in 1833.

 

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Comets and Aerolites

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