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[Antique print of the constellations of Draco and Ursa Minor]
Draco and Ursa Minor. London: Leigh, c.1830. Original colour. 200 x 140mm. Laid on perforated card as issued. Slight staining to edges.
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 of Draco and Ursa Minor as visible in the night skies of Britain, with easily identifiable classical embodiments. Ursa Minor 'the Little Bear' is important for the polar star being the end of its tail. 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.