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Out of This World

The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas


An Exhibition of Rare Books from the Collection of the Linda Hall Library

Welcome to our exhibition, celebrating the most glorious of scientific books, the celestial atlas. This electronic catalog will serve as a guide to the exhibition, but will also utilize the unique advantages of hypertext media to explore the history of celestial cartography from many vantage points.

We hope that using the catalogue is simple. The easiest way to proceed is to press the Next button , located at the bottom of each screen. This will take you straight through the exhibit as if you were viewing it in person.

Index Table of Contents Exit

Pressing the Table of Contents button at the bottom of each screen will take you to an outline that shows the thematic organization of the exhibit; from there, you may choose to go directly to such topics as Bayer's Uranometria and its Legacy, The Innovations of Hevelius, or The Flamsteed Tradition.

There is a third button on each screen, labelled Index. The Index is a master list, in alphabetical order, of all the star atlases on display, and includes complete bibliographic information and library call numbers for each item. The catalogue entries for exhibited items may be accessed directly from this list.

And finally, there is an Exit button that will take you to the end of the exhibition and thence to the Linda Hall Library Homepage.

The exhibition on which this online presentation is based was first held at the Library from November 1, 1995 through February 1, 1996. The exhibition was then remounted on May 17, 2007, and will be available for public viewing through November 30, 2007.

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