A table of the principal affections of the planets [cartographic material] : designed for the new portable orreries by W. Jones / and made and sold by W. & S. Jones, 30 Holborn, London.

Jones, William, 1763-1831 [Browse]
[London] : Published as the Act directs by W. & S. Jones, Jany. 1st., 1794.
1 orrery : hand col. ; 32 cm. in diam.


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Portable orrery mounted on a circular platform with 3 wooden legs; in a wooden case.
  • The orrery demonstrates astronomical phenomena related to the diurnal rotation of the earth, the annual revolution of the earth around the sun, and monthly revolution of the moon around the earth, such as the reasons for day and night, seasons, and eclipses. The dial has calendar, zodiac names, symbols, and figures, and related calibrations in the outer concentric circles; tables of data relating to the planets (Mercury through Saturn) occupy the center area.
  • HMC05 copy: Hand-cranked orrery, showing movements of Mercury, Venus, and Earth around the Sun, and the Moon around the Earth. Printed, colored, and varnished dial brass wheels and gears, Sun and Moon, ivory planets 12.5" diameter wood platter, raised 2" on three legs Mahogany box: 7.5" x 13.5" x 13.5".
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