John Flamsteed, Atlas coelestis
John Flamsteed's Atlas coelestis was published in 1729, ten years later the death of the British Astronomer Royal. It was based on Flamsteed's new accurate observations of the northern sky and was the largest star atlas that had ever been published.
If the Coronelli's constellations are depicted in a Baroque style, the Flamsteed's figures reveal a Roccocò style.
Flamsteed's atlas contains twenty-six maps centered on the major constellations visible from Greenwich, and two planispheres, work of Abraham Sharp. In the XVIII century, the large scale of the Flamsteed's plates (24-by-20 inches) suggested the publication of new editions with reduced plates.
Hydra and Sextans in Flamsteed's atlas (Bibl. del Dip. di Astronomia di Bologna)
A cd-rom for a deeper view
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