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Image number: RS.17696
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Observatory

Date

1673

Creator

Isaac Saal (fl. 1673-1679, Polish), Engraver

After

Andreas Stech (b.1635, Polish), Painter

Object type

Library reference

44015

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (plate): 315mm
width (plate): 365mm

Subject

Content object

Description

View of Johannes Hevelius's observatory, known by the name Sternenburg, in Denzig, Poland.

Five platforms are visible inside the observatory, with ladders leading from the bottom to the top, and outside are three large refracting telescopes, suspended from supports. Two men appear at work on a fourth large refractor, underneath the platform. Close up views of the apparatus on each floor frame the main tower of the observatory.

Plate 22 from Johannes Hevelius’ Machinae coelestis pars prior…, Vol. 1.

Inscribed below: ‘A. Stech Delin I. Saal Sculps’

Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) Polish astronomer was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1664. This observatory, alongside various of his instruments and books, were destroyed by a fire in September 1679.

Object history

The Royal Society possess a copy of Volume 1 of Machinae coelestis pars prior… only. Volume 2 is rare, as many copies were burned in the fire of 1679.

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