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Figura observat, Cometicar, Hanoverare factar, etc. No. 42
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Place made: Netherlands, North Holland, Amsterdam
Date made: 1668
Materials: ink; laid paper; mounting
Measurements: 13 in x 15 in
Book page illustrating an uncolored celestial map, showing both the figural representations of the constellations and the stars of which they are composed. The progress of a comet through this area of the sky is demarcated. Entitled "Figura observat. Cometicar. Hanoverae factur. ad Communicat Cl. viri D. Christiani Busmanni, Med. et Philos. Doct. pertinens"; plate no. 42. Includes the whale, Cetus. From "Theatrum Cometicum", a 1668 text about comet sightings throughout history and their meanings.