Leipzig: K. F. Köhler, 1843.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Imperial folio. Near Fine. Item #001839
Large oblong folio (597x664 mm). 3 unnumbered leaves including typographic title and dedication page, 5 engraved star charts printed in black and red after Schwinck by C. E. Weber. Marginal soiling and repaired central vertical crease to title-page, text and plates, plates 3-5 with small tear repaired in lower margin, plate 5 also with repair to upper left corner of margin, verso of plate soiled. Modern quarter black morocco gilt, marbled boards, original printed label laid down on upper cover; label torn with some marginal loss, some soiling, and with later nineteenth-century inscription, green endpapers. Provenance: Gerald F. Fitzgerald; Bibliothek der königl. Haupt-Cadetten-Anstalt Lichtenfelde, Berlin (red ink stamp to title). A fine copy of a rare star atlas. ----
First edition of Schwinck's rare star atlas, dedicated to the German astronomer F. W. Bessel, who advised Schwinck on this work. rare nineteenth-century star atlas. Schwinck's atlas was designed for professional use rather than as a popular atlas. It comprises stars down to seventh magnitude. The finely drawn star constellations are printed in brown color.
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