Schlegel, Gustave: URANOGRAPHIE CHINOISE. Ou, Preuves Directes que L'Astronomie Primitive est Originaire de la Chine. Leiden, 1875. xiv, 929 pp. 7 plates. Including the ‘Atlas Celeste’ with seven celestial maps in the original printed envelope. 3 vols. 26x18 cm. Original wrappers.
Scarce detailed study of the development of Chinese uranography attempting to prove that astronomy originated among the Chinese and was consequently borrowed & adapted by African & West Asian peoples.
This work is not often found with the separate celestial atlas. This copy is in good condition retaining its original wrappers and the envelope containing the star charts. Both wrappers and envelope are, inevitably, chipped, but only slightly grubby. The insides are clean with some very slight foxing. Again, inevitably, the spine of the larger second volume is split and the covers are loose or detaching. This is more or less 'de rigueur' with French publications of this type and vintage. The work would bear hardcover rebinding retaining the wrappers. Text in French. With the book plates of 'B. Guastalla'.
Available, as of: 12/02/2018
Was item 603 in printed List 191.
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