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Cards of the constellations, to accompany Jehoshaphat Aspin, Urania’s Mirror; or A View of the Heavens

The British Library

The British Library

Urania’s Mirror; or, a View of the Heavensis a set of 32 star charts, printed on card and sold for astronomical self-instruction. Urania was the Muse of astronomy in Greek mythology. The constellations are depicted as fanciful creatures, and some groupings are no longer recognised by modern astronomers. Each card is hand-coloured and pierced with holes that correspond to the size of the brightest stars, giving a realistic impression of a constellation when held up to the light. Shown here: Draco and Ursa Minor (plate 1);Sagittarius and Corona Australis (plate 24);Canis Major; Lepus; Columba Noachi and Cela Sculptoris (plate 30);Monoceros; Canis Minor (plate 31);Noctua; Corvus; Crater; Sextans Uraniæ; Hydra; Felis (plate 32);Box

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  • Title: Cards of the constellations, to accompany Jehoshaphat Aspin, Urania’s Mirror; or A View of the Heavens
  • Date Created: 1834
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Location Created: London
  • Type: Printed book
  • Original Source: Maps C.44.a.42.(2.)
  • Rights: Public Domain in most countries other than the UK. For more information visit: https://www.bl.uk/help/how-to-reuse-images-of-unpublished-manuscripts

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