By: William & Alexander Keith Johnston
Date: 1903 (published) Edinburgh
Dimensions: 9.75 x 12 inches (24.5 x 30.5 cm)
Plate VIII of Thomas Heath's Popular Astronomy presents an enlarged representation of the position of the Earth in the Solar System. The print includes the distance and direction of orbit for the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. Periods of revolution and mean distances from the sun are provided in a table at the bottom.
This chromolithograph print was one of twenty-one plates published in Thomas Heath's 1903 edition of Popular Astronomy. The plates were produced by W & A.K. Johnston, Scottish brothers who set up their own printing business in Edinburgh after preliminary study under the Scottish globe maker James Kirkwood.
The prints produced for the Popular Astronomy offer a unique view of our understanding of the Universe at the turn of the 20th Century.
Condition: This print is in A condition with vivid original color, on clean paper surrounded by full and even margins on all sides.