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The Night Sky A View of The Heavens

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Urania's Mirror; or, a view of the Heavens is the 1824 book that accompanies a set of thirty-two cards of the constellations visible in Great Britain. The early promotional material and the book itself attribute the illustrations to "A Lady," though they were based on Alexander Jamieson's A Celestial Atlas. These particular illustrations were engraved by Sidney Hall, though they were later identified as the work of Reverend Richard Rouse Bloxam. The author of the book forecasts the future of astronomy when he writes, "We find ourselves surrounded by thousands and thousands of suns, multiplied without end, and ranged all around us, at immense distances from each other, attended by ten thousand times ten thousand worlds, all in rapid motion, yet calm, regular, and harmonious, invariably keeping the paths prescribed them. Reasoning by analogy, we are authorized in concluding that these worlds are peopled with myriads of intelligent beings, formed for endless progression toward perfection and felicity" (pg. 6). The descriptions of the constellations are written to accompany the cards and include information about the stars themselves and the fable of the constellation. This book from Barnes & Noble reproduces the 1832 first American edition of the book and accompanies a set of the cards in a box set titled "Night Sky: A View of the Heavens." ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076076168X, Hardcover)

Included in the kit: Basic star map, with the historical illustration in place. 32 historic full-color constellation cards with stars perforated. 64-page celestial guide book: Urania's Mirror, or A view of the Heavens. Included in the kit: Basic star map, with the historical illustration in place. 32 historic full-color constellation cards with stars perforated. 64-page celestial guide book: Urania's Mirror, or A view of the Heavens. Created by an anonymous young lady of London in the early 1800s to make the study of astronomy "familiar and amusing," the original constellation cards included in the THE NIGHT SKY: A View of the Heavens, feature the constellations visible in the Northern Hemisphere. The sumptuous illustrations capture the inspiration of classical mythology. The stars on the cards are perforated according to their relative magnitude, and the cards are held up the light, the natural appearance of the constellations is visible, making it easy for the viewer to pinpoint the constellations in the night sky. The accompanying 64-page celestial guide book offers background on the ancient myths, and locates the constellations in the night sky. The star map shows all the constellations visible in the Northern Hemisphere. Explore the sky of the stars though the eyes of a charming illustrator from times past. The sumptuous illustrations capture the inspiration of classical mythology. The stars on the cards are perforated according to their relative magnitude, and the cards are held up the light, the natural appearance of the constellations is visible, making it easy for the viewer to pinpoint the constellations in the night sky. The accompanying 64-page celestial guide book offers background on the ancient myths, and locates the constellations in the night sky. The star map shows all the constellations visible in the Northern Hemisphere. Explore the sky of the stars though the eyes of a charming illustrator from times past.

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