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~the first photo depicts the truest colour ~ but the next ones show better detail

this german lithograph depicts an dark grayish blue sky map of the stars of the southern hemisphere with the milky way stretching across the expanse

it comes from a 1903 century german lexikon and measure 9.75 x 11"

a tissue overlay showing the names of the constellation is included with the print

the starry details and constellations are magnificent and difficult to capture in a scan ~ some of the stars are painted in gold with hair-lines drawn to show the connected stars making up the constellations. the milky way is hand painted in a light silver wash

under the map there is a chart displaying the different sizes of the stars

please look at the photos carefully ~
there are traces of glue where the tissue overlay was once attached and some residue of the tissue remains

PLEASE NOTE: this print is a double page 'centerfold' ~ meaning it has a clean crease down the middle from where is was folded inside the book. to some this maybe a distracting nuance. to others it is an unavoidable triviality in the mission to display a more important illustration in a smaller format. ~ [think of a Playboy centerfold]

i add this comment due to numerous debates over the framing potential of a double page creased print. your personal aesthetics should guide you.
a 100% refund including return shipping is available if you find the crease objectionable. but remember it is the centerfold images that are the more important images from the book!

1903 star map of the southern skies original antique celestial print


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Material: antique print
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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