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JAMIESON, Alexander
A Celestial Atlas Comprising a Systematic Display of the Heavens in a Series of Thirty Maps Illustrated by Scientific Descriptions of their Contents, and Accompanied by Catalogues of the Stars and Astronomical Exercises
London: G. & W. B. Whittaker, 1822. Oblong Quarto, 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches. 3/4 black leather over red boards, gilt decorations at covers and spine, paper title plate at front cover, 30 maps mostly hand painted. 'Jamieson's Celestial Atlas contains 30 engraved illustrations by a firm called Neele & Son. The star maps are overlaid with imagery from the Zodiac and ancient mythology. The latest scientific knowledge is combined with artistic craftsmanship. Jamieson wasn't the first to mix art and astronomy, but his atlas, which was allowed to be dedicated to King George IV (quite the honor), remains memorable to this day. Twenty six of the plates are constellation maps. Jamieson only displayed stars visible to the naked eye, making it widely accessible to anyone who looked at the heavens. Pictorial star atlases were popular at this time but these impressive books were often large and expensive. Jamieson's Celestial Atlas was much smaller and cheaper. Each chart was approximately 9 inches by 7 inches in size. Jamieson explains in the preface that he had originally wanted larger charts, but used smaller ones to reduce production costs.' Very Good, wear to edges, corners slightly bumped, wear to paper covers, soiling to front cover, pages slightly agetoned, some spotting and soiling to pages, some offsetting to pages.
Bookseller: Yesterday's Gallery, ABAA [United States]
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