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The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere. The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere. The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere. The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere.
The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere.
BARRITT, Leon, Garrett Putnam Serviss, Hugh S. Rice, & Dorothy Bennett.
The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere.

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The Heavens without a Telescope, the only Practical Combination, Star, Planet, and Sun and Moon Map … [together with;] Planet Tables, Moon Phases and the Sun’s Daily Position; [&] Star Explorer, Revised Edition [planisphere].

Published: New York & Brooklyn, NY Maria Barritt, Sky Map, 244 Adams St.; American Museum, Hayden Planetarium c.1906; 1947, 1955

Stock Code: 115607


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On display in 100 Fulham Road
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


A beautifully preserved example of the Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder in its original plain card mailing box, a superb, complex Edwardian planisphere. This device was developed originally in 1906 by Garrett P. Serviss (1851-1929), an American astronomer and early science fiction writer - his first book Edison's Conquest of Mars was commissioned as a sequel to the Boston Post's Fighters of Mars, a plagiaristic take on Wells's War of the Worlds, but became influential in its own right - who teamed up with Leon Barritt (1852-1938), a highly-regarded political cartoonist, and amateur astronomer who founded the long-lived astronomical journal Monthly Evening Sky Map after paralysis of the right hand had robbed him of his ability to draw. The planisphere offered both the amateur and professional astronomer a star chart computing instrument, based on an adjustable volvelle that could be adjusted to display the visible stars for any time and date. This example includes printed instructions around the edges of the card front. Leon Barritt continued to produce and sell these planispheres into the 1930s, the earliest versions have more decorative elements such as the patterned black silk moire for the base, and decorative brass brads, while the later versions were typically of much plainer materials. The Planet Tables included here were published by Maria Barritt, Leon Barritt's wife, who took over as publisher of his magazine on his death, being an amateur astronomer and author in her own right. The smaller Star Explorer planetarium included here was a popular souvenir available for sale at the American Museum, Hayden Planetarium during the 1950s, and was continually being updated with planetary tables on back.
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Three items. Large elaborate planisphere (382 x 382 mm), composed of die-cut lithograph printed outer card, with die-cut, hemispheric celestial map volvelle disk, mounted on black decorative silk moir board, pinned by brass central rivet, and decorative brass brads in each corner, preserved with original brass hanger, and tan cardboard shipping case: with landscape octavo pamphlet, 16-pages unpaginated, with tables, in quarter-width red printed wraps as issued: and smaller planisphere, (223 x 223 mm), composed of die-cut blue white printed outer card, black white hemispheric celestial map volvelle disk, with central brass rivet, instructions printed in white on the back.


All very good in the original mailing box for the large planisphere, the box a little worn, lacking one side strip, old paper tape repairs.

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