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  CELESTIAL 
 Celestial Maps 

LEIGH, Samuel. [A complete set of instructive celestial cards]
Urania's Mirror, or a View of the Heavens. London: Samuel Leigh, c.1824. Original box with printed title label laid on; complete set of 32 engraved plates laid on perforated card, as issued, backed with original tissue. Coloured. Each card 140 x 200mm.
A full set of 32 cards illustrating the constellations visible from Britain, depicted in their classical form, perforated so the prime stars would shine through when each card was held up to light. The holes are of different sizes to represent the apparent magnitude of each star. On the lid of the box is an illustration of Urania, the muse of Astronomy. According to contemporary advertisements, the 'Mirror' was designed by 'a young Lady,' to make the study of astronomy 'familiar and amusing'; however the author has been identified as Reverend Richard Rouse Bloxam, an assistant master at Rugby School. Perhaps his wish to remain anonymous stems from his plagiarism of the designs of the constellations from Alexander Jamieson's 'A Celestial Atlas' of 1821. However the innovation of the perforations seems to have been his.
[Ref: 16887]    £4,750.00 ($6,080 • €5,439 rates)


LEIGH, Samuel. [Antique print of the constellation of Cygnus]
Lacerta, Cygnus, Lyra, Vulpecula and Anser. London: Leigh, c.1830. Original colour. 140 x 200mm. Laid on perforated card as issued.
A lizard, swan, the lyre (musical instrument, and a fox chasing a goose. One of an antique printed set of thirty-two cards designed by "a young Lady," to make the study of astronomy "familiar and amusing". It shows the constellations as visible in the night skies of Britain, with easily identifiable classical embodiments. The card is pricked through with holes of different sizes so that the amateur astronomer can hold it up to a light and get an immediate impression of the apparent magnitude of each star. Engraved by Sidney Hall.
[Ref: 12179]    £200.00 ($256 • €229 rates)


LEIGH, Samuel. [Antique print of the constellation of Aquila]
Delphinus, Sagitta, Aquila, and Antinous. London: Leigh, c.1830. Original colour. 200 x 140mm. Laid on perforated card as issued.
One of a set of thirty-two cards designed by 'a young Lady,' to make the study of astronomy 'familiar and amusing'. It shows the constellations as visible in the night skies of Britain, with easily identifiable classical embodiments. The card is pricked through with holes of different sizes so that the amateur astronomer can hold it up to a light and get an immediate impression of the apparent magnitude of each star. Engraved by Sidney Hall.
[Ref: 12185]    £200.00 ($256 • €229 rates)


LEIGH, Samuel. [Antique print of the constellation of Cassiopeia]
Cassiopeia. London: Leigh, c.1830. Original colour. 140 x 200mm. Laid on perforated card as issued. Slight staining.
One of a set of thirty-two cards designed by 'a young Lady,' to make the study of astronomy 'familiar and amusing'. It shows Cassiopeia as visible in the night skies of Britain, with an easily identifiable classical embodiment. The card is pricked through with holes of different sizes so that the amateur astronomer can hold it up to a light and get an immediate impression of the apparent magnitude of each star. Engraved by Sidney Hall.
[Ref: 12195]    £200.00 ($256 • €229 rates)


LEIGH, Samuel. [Antique print of the constellation of Cepheus]
Cepheus. London: Leigh, c.1830. Original colour. 200 x 140mm. Laid on perforated card as issued, slight staining to right edge.
One of a set of thirty-two cards designed by 'a young Lady,' to make the study of astronomy 'familiar and amusing'. It shows Cepheus as visible in the night skies of Britain, with an easily identifiable classical embodiment (king of Ethiopia and father of Andromeda). The card is pricked through with holes of different sizes so that the amateur astronomer can hold it up to a light and get an immediate impression of the apparent magnitude of each star. Engraved by Sidney Hall.
[Ref: 12202]    £200.00 ($256 • €229 rates)


LEIGH, Samuel. [Antique print of the constellation of Pegasus]
Pegasus and Equuleus. London: Leigh, c.1830. Original colour. 140 x 200mm. Laid on perforated card as issued.
Original antique print, 'Equuleus' was the brother of Pegasus, the winged horse. One of a set of thirty-two cards designed by 'a young Lady,' to make the study of astronomy 'familiar and amusing'. It shows the constellations as visible in the night skies of Britain, with easily identifiable classical embodiments. The card is pricked through with holes of different sizes so that the amateur astronomer can hold it up to a light and get an immediate impression of the apparent magnitude of each star. Engraved by Sidney Hall.
[Ref: 12203]    £200.00 ($256 • €229 rates)


LEIGH, Samuel. [Antique print of the constellation of Camelopardalis]
Camelopardalis, Tarandus and Custos Messium. London: Leigh, c.1830. Original colour. 140 x 200mm. Laid on perforated card as issued.
'Camelopardalis' is the giraffe; 'Custos Messium', the harvest-keeper, is obsolete. One of a set of thirty-two cards designed by 'a young Lady,' to make the study of astronomy 'familiar and amusing'. It shows the constellations as visible in the night skies of Britain, with easily identifiable classical embodiments. The card is pricked through with holes of different sizes so that the amateur astronomer can hold it up to a light and get an immediate impression of the apparent magnitude of each star. Engraved by Sidney Hall.
[Ref: 12204]    £200.00 ($256 • €229 rates)


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