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Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color by John Bevis ÔÇô Gemini ÔÇô May 21 ÔÇô June 20
This colorfully illustrated Star Chart for Gemini has been completely art-worked from the Gemini plate featured on John Beviss Star Charts of the signs of the Zodiac by John Bevis c1747-1749.
These extremely charts were compiled by Bevis, an eighteenth century physician-turned astronomer, whose other claim to fame is as the discoverer of the Crab Nebula,
John Bevis (November 10, 1695 - November 6, 1771) and the Uranographia
Historians of astronomy name four great celestial atlases: Bayer s, Hevelius s, Flamsteed s, and Bode s. To this, they add one great work that could have been: Beviss Uranographia.
John Bevis was an Oxford trained physician and amateur astronomer, Bevis set up a private observatory in North London in 1738, where he made observations, which led to his attempt to create the second British Celestial Atlas. In the mid 18th Century, Bevis produced his Uranographia Britannica, which was the first major celestial atlas published after the posthumous publication of the Atlas of John Flamsteed, Englands first Royal Astronomer.
Careful cross-referencing of the dedications on each work allows the date for the creation of the plates to be constrained to between 1747-1749. By comparing the titles suggested in the work to Royal Society and clergy records, upper and lower bounds of the date of creation can be made
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This beautifully crafted print showcases the Gemini plate from John Bevis' "Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color" collection. The vibrant colors and intricate details bring this star chart to life, capturing the essence of the Gemini zodiac sign. John Bevis, an esteemed physician-turned-astronomer of the eighteenth century, is renowned for his significant contributions to both astronomy and art. Not only did he discover the Crab Nebula, but he also created one of history's great celestial atlases: Beviss Uranographia. Bevis' passion for astronomy led him to establish a private observatory in North London in 1738. It was here that he meticulously observed and recorded celestial phenomena, eventually culminating in his groundbreaking work - Uranographia Britannica. This atlas became a milestone publication after John Flamsteed's posthumous Atlas. The dedication on each plate allows historians to narrow down their creation date between 1747-1749 through careful cross-referencing with Royal Society and clergy records. These plates are not just scientific tools; they are works of art that blend science and aesthetics seamlessly. As we gaze upon this mesmerizing Gemini plate, we can appreciate Bevis' dedication to capturing the beauty of our cosmos while providing valuable astronomical information. This print serves as a reminder of humanity's enduring fascination with astrology and our constant quest to understand our place within the vast universe.
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