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Tuesday 28 March 2023

Léon Jean Baptiste Sabatier’s lithograph, “Appearance of the Aurora Borealis in the East at Bossekop (Finland) on January 19th, 1939 at 9.27 PM”, 1839, after Louis Victor Bevalet

Léon Jean Baptiste Sabatier ([fl.c1827]–1887)

“Appearance of the Aurora Borealis in the East at Bossekop (Finland) on January 19th, 1939 at 9.27 PM”, 1839, Plate K, lithograph illustration on page 72 to Joseph Paul Gaimard’s (1793–1858) “Voyages en Scandinavie, en Laponie, au Spitzberg, et aux Iles Féroé pendant les années 1838-1840 sur la Corvette La Recherche” (‎Travels in Scandinavia, Lapland, Spitsbergen, and the Faroe Islands during the years 1838–1840 on the Corvette La Recherche), 26 vols., (see a description of this publication offered by Jeff Webber Rare Books: This lithograph was executed by Léon Jean Baptiste Sabatier (possibly with assistance from the London-based lithographer, Rudolph Ackermann [1764–1834]) after a drawing by Louis Victor Bevalet (aka Louis Bévalet) (1808–1887), printed by Lemercier (fl.1827–1899) and published in Paris by Arthus-Bertrand (fl. 1769–).

Lithograph printed from two colours on wove paper.

Size: (sheet) 34.3 x 52.8 cm; (image borderline) 22 x 42.5 cm.

Lettered in plate above the image borderline: (left) “VOYAGES EN SCANDINAVIE, EN LAPONIE, etc.”; (right) “ATLAS DE PHYSIQUE./ K”.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Dessiné par Bevalet./ Paris_Arthus-Bertrand éditeur.”; (centre) “Imp. par Lemercier, à Paris./ APPARENCE DE L’AURORE BORÉALE DANS L'EST./ à Bossekop, (Finmark), le 19 Janvier 1839, à 9h. 27m. du soir.”; (right) “Lith. Par Sabatier./ Londres. Ackermann et Co. 96 Strand.”

Condition: a well-printed (near faultless) impression in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this strong and exceptionally beautiful lithograph of The Northern Lights—adding another dimension to this marvellous image, Asgeir Brekke (a leading researcher on the Lights) advises that the original drawings for the series of lithographs were "dashed off with frostbitten nails in the winter's night" (see Jeff Webber Rare Books op. cit.)—for the total cost of AU$269 (currently US$179.51/EUR165.99/GBP145.99 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this large and spectacular lithograph in simply amazing condition for its age, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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