Leigh, Samuel “Camelopardalis Tarandus and Custos Messium" Pl. 2

Leigh, Samuel “Camelopardalis Tarandus and Custos Messium" Pl. 2

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Samuel Leigh.  Plate 2.  “Camelopardalis Tarandus and Custos Messium.”  From Urania’s Mirror, or a View of the Heavens. 

London: S. Leigh, [1823].  7 3/4 x 5 3/8.  Engraved chart mounted on card and with tissue backing.  Original hand color.  Ref.: Peter Whitfield, The Mapping of the Heavens, pp. 112-13.   

A charming and ingenious celestial chart showing the constellations as known in the early nineteenth century.  The constellation is depicted with a delightful zodiac vignette image, the stars also noted, and the entire card is highlighted with bright hand color.  What is of particular interest and novelty, though, is the fact that the major stars are also indicated with a pierced hole in the card, letting the star locations shine through when the card is held to a light.  Unusual and most attractive.

Other plates from this series:

Pl. 3.  “Cassiopeia.” 

Pl. 4.  “Cepheus.” 

Pl. 5. “Gloria Frederici Andromeda and Triangula.” 

Pl. 7. “Auriga.” 

Pl. 11.  “Hercules and Corona Borealis.” 

Pl. 13.  “Delphinus, Sagitta, Aquila, and Antinous.” 

Pl. 14.  “Lacerta, Cygnus, Lyra, Vulpecula and Anser.” 

Pl. 26. "Aquarius, Piscis Australis & Ballon Aerostatique."