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Figura observat, Cometae prioris
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Gerritsz, G.
Place made: Netherlands, North Holland, Amsterdam
Date made: 1668
Materials: ink; laid paper; mounting
Measurements: 11 3/4 in x 14 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. Cometae prioris Hauniae fact. ad Communicat. Cl. viri D. Erasmi Bartholini M. D. & Regii Math. Prof. pertinens"; plate no. 31. Includes the whale, Cetus, at left. From "Theatrum Cometicum", a 1668 text about comet sightings throughout history and their meanings.