By: William & Alexander Keith Johnston
Date: 1903 (published) Edinburgh
Dimensions: 9.75 x 12 inches (24.5 x 30.5 cm)
Plate IX of Thomas Heath's Popular Astronomy offers a wealth of figures, diagrams, and illustrations to show the various sizes of planets in our solar system and their path of transit across the disk of the Sun. At center is a lovely colored depiction of Saturn and its rings as seen on March 27th and 29th, 1856. The comparative size diagram shows the enormity of Saturn and Jupiter to the planets closest to the sun.
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.