CARTE ASTRONOMIQUE DE L’UNIVERS dressés par Etienne Laporte, Ex conférencier à la Sorbonne, Membre de Principale Sociétés Savantes d’Europe, Agrégé de L’Université d’Oxford (Angleterre). Paris, Typographie et Lithographie Grandremy et Henon, 28, Quai de la Rapée, [n.d. but ca. 1873-5].
1873. Large partially coloured wood engraved wall chart with letterpress, 137 x 93 cms, dissected into 32 sections and laid on linen as issued, folding down to 18 x 23.5cms; quite heavily browned and soiled, with evidence of previous pin marks at each corner (with resulting rust marks most notably at upper right corner), several of the linen folds with neat repairs to verso, linen rather foxed with a couple of areas of ink staining towards the tail, one area displaying some minor worming, though neither fault affecting the wall chart itself. A large and most striking educational wall chart introducing the student to the wonders of the universe. A large circular depiction of the solar system with star map and comets, printed in blue, black and white dominates, the upper half of the chart. Descriptive text, printed in eight columns, is found below and which describes each of the planets with one section devoted to a discussion of comets. Sixteen striking illustrations form a border around the chart and which include depiction’s of icebergs at the poles, the Cotopaxi Volcano, eclipses, a cross section of the earth, orbits of the comets, the phases of the moon, and faces of the moon and jupiter, a large telescope, and the Aurore Boreales. Four smaller circular illustrations surround the main solar system illustration, with the title located centrally and contained within an image of a globe.
The British Library date their copy to 1875, with the BnF suggesting a date of 1877. We can find no date on the present example, although a contemporary hand has pencilled in a date of 1873 just below the main solar system image.