June 15, 2012
by fosco lucarelli
This is one the first (if not the very first) practical astronomy books published in Germany. “Astronomisches Handbuch” appeared in 1718, edited and illustrated by Johann Leonhard Rost (1688-1727) an astronomy student, assistant at the observatory in Nuremberg, author of many significant observations.
The dual image comes from Rost’s ‘Atlas Portatilis Coelestis’ (1723), available from the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology. Follow the link for another set of scientific illustrations; we warmly recommend to visit the rest of the Library collection, here.