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Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color by John Bevis ÔÇô Libra ÔÇô September 23 ÔÇô October 22

Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color by John Bevis ÔÇô Libra ÔÇô September 23 ÔÇô October 22


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Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color by John Bevis ÔÇô Libra ÔÇô September 23 ÔÇô October 22

This colorfully illustrated Star Chart for Libra has been completely art-worked from the Libra 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 print showcases the intricate artistry of John Bevis' "Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color" series, specifically highlighting the Libra plate. Crafted between 1747 and 1749, this colorfully illustrated star chart transports viewers back to a time when celestial maps were meticulously hand-drawn works of art. John Bevis, an esteemed physician-turned-astronomer, is renowned not only for his celestial atlases but also as the discoverer of the Crab Nebula. His passion for astronomy led him to establish a private observatory in North London in 1738, where he conducted groundbreaking observations that fueled his ambition to create a British Celestial Atlas. Bevis's Uranographia Britannica became a significant milestone in astronomical cartography during the mid-18th century. It was published after John Flamsteed's posthumous atlas and marked an important contribution to England's exploration of the night sky. The dedication on each work allows historians to narrow down the creation date of these stunning plates between 1747 and 1749. By cross-referencing titles with records from institutions like the Royal Society and clergy archives, researchers can further refine their estimates. As we gaze upon this mesmerizing depiction of Libra, let us appreciate both its aesthetic beauty and its historical significance within our understanding of early celestial mapping. This print serves as a testament to Bevis's talent as an astronomer and artist alike - capturing our imagination while reminding us how far we have come in unraveling the mysteries above us.

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