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Print (Engraving, Framed) Entitled "A View of 17 Transits of the Planet Venus", by Benjamin Martin, London, 1757

Inventory Number: 11827
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Persons: Benjamin Martin
Date Created: 1757
Place Created: London England United Kingdom Europe
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Brief Description: Published by Benjamin Martin in 1757, this print of the paths of all the 17 transits expected from the year 918 to 2117 was based on Edmond Halley’s astronomical tables. Unfortunately one of Halley’s assumptions about the orbit of Venus was incorrect. At the time of the transits in 1761 and 1769 it would have been clear to owners that Martin’s projected paths were misplaced. There are also resulting errors in the dates: most noticeably, there was no transit in 1996.
Primary Inscriptions: "Published May 16th 1757 according to Act of Parliament & Sold by Mr Martin at his Shop in Fleet Street London. Price 1s 6d"
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Material(s): Paper
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
412 512 mm

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