The Beauty of the Heavens

The Beauty of the Heavens
by Charles F. Blunt
Adopted by
Peter Bedini
in memory of Silvio A. Bedini
on March 6, 2018
The Beauty of the Heavens

The beauty of the heavens : a pictorial display of the astronomical phenomena of the universe : one hundred and four coloured scenes, illustrating a familiar lecture on astronomy

By Charles F. Blunt. London: Tilt and Bogue, 1842.

This little astronomical work contains 104 beautifully hand-colored lithographs of the moon, planets, and constellations, along with eclipses and atmospheric phenomena. The constellations dotted with golden stars are great examples of the elegance and simplicity of the book’s execution. Author Charles Blunt’s introduction to the book explains that it was created so that a family need not “quit their own parlour, or drawing-room fireside, to enjoy the sublime ‘beauty of the heavens.’” With every plate comes a ‘lecture’ or description designed to be read aloud, facilitating at-home learning. The Beauty of the Heavens is a wonderful example of a mid-19th-century home instructional tool designed to be both scientifically accurate and inspiring.

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