20 Mar '17, 3pm
Heavenly 19th-century constellation cards are out of this world
One set of learning aids was "Urania's Mirror; or, a view of the Heavens" – a gorgeous box set 32 astronomical star chart cards, first published in 1824. Based on illustrations from Alexander Jamieson's "A Celestial Atlas," the stars making the constellations were punched out to allow the points to shine through when held against a light. Combined with the beautiful hand-colored figures, they are a lovely tribute to the heavens, as you can see on the following pages which include all of the astrological constellations as well as a few others too lovely to ignore. Urania, the muse of astronomy, would be proud.