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We are incredibly excited to offer this rare series of vintage French astronomy posters from the 1800s.

This poster features three stunning black and white photographs of the Spectra of Stars (Arcturus, Cygne, and Vega) taken in the 1800s from Observatoire de Paris (The Paris Observatory) – France's foremost astronomical observatory and one of the world's largest astronomical centres.

As a grand établissement of the French Ministry of National Education, its missions include research in astronomy and astrophysics, education (four graduate programs, Ph.D. studies), and diffusion of knowledge to the public.

This poster served as an excellent reference for students in the astronomy courses in French polytechnic schools.

Title: Photographies de Spectres d'Étoiles par MM. Henry (Photographs of Spectra of Stars by Mr. Henry)

Photograph No. 1:
Spectre d'Arcturus (Spectrum of Arcturus).

Photograph No. 2:
Spectre de Cygne (Spectrum of Cygne).

Photograph No. 3:
Spectre de Véga (Spectrum of Vega).

Origin: Observatoire de Paris
Publisher: Phototypie Berthaud
9, rue Cadet, Paris
Serial number: PL. 21B
École Polytechnique – Portefeuille des Éleves – Cours d'Astronomie
Size: 50.2 x 32.5 cm or 19.8” x 12.8”

• There is an overall distressed effect due the yellowing of the paper.
• There are a few minor creases on the edges.
• These defects are hardly visible once the poster is framed.

• Please note that all vintage posters will be shipped in a secure mailing tube via French priority mail (no tracking). If you'd like us to send it via registered mail, please notify us.
• Specials: 50% off shipping if you purchase a second poster from us.

Christmas Sale - Antique 1800s French astronomy poster of Spectra of Stars


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: paper, ink, vintage paper
  • Feedback: 43 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from France
  • 29 people favorited this item