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Staetshuys Antiquairs is located on the corner of the Nieuwe Spiegelstraatand
and the Kerkstraat in the ancient centre of Amsterdam.

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A rare Celestial Globe by Augustin Fortin

A rare Celestial Globe by Augustin Fortin

Position des Etoiles Fixes pour l’Annee 1780 Par le Sr Fortin Ingen-Geofr a Paris. dia 22cm height 51cm.

Fortin was not an astronomer but an artisan, a globe maker for the French royal family. It is not known how or why he was commissioned to produce a revised edition of Flamsteed’s star atlas, but it turned out to be a very successful enterprise. All of Flamsteed’s twenty-six plates were re-engraved on a much smaller scale, so that they now measured only 23 by 18 cm. (One of Flamsteed’s original plates, depicting Hydra, was a double-page folding plate, and in Fortin’s editions it was divided in two, increasing the number of plates to twenty-seven). In the process, the engravers greatly improved the aesthetic appeal of Flamsteed’s often awkward figures.