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A striking star chart centered on Aries [The Ram], marvelously engraved and delicately colored. Shows the featured constellation as well as Musca and Triangula in color with neighboring stars and constellations without color. Jamieson's work is one of the finest of its kind in the early 19th century. Alexander Jamieson published A Celestial Atlas Comprising A System Display of the Heaven. This work was published in London by G & W.B Wittaker, T. Caddell and N. Hailes in 1822.

Aries is one of the best known constellations, recognized as a ram since the earliest recordings. It came to be associated with the Golden Fleece in Greek mythology. Triangula and Musca are two more rarely noted constellations, though the former has been recognized since Babylonian times, and the latter since at least 1500.

Includes a colored Gemini, Musca, and Triangula and uncolored parts of the constellations of Taurus, Perseus, Caput Medusae [obsolete], Andromeda, Pegasus, Pisces, Cetus, and Fluvius Eridanus. Includes a line showing the ecliptic positions in various months, with Aries centered between May and April. This forms part of a marvelously colored set of Jamieson works on the Zodiac signs.

This edition of Jamieson's work was later used for Urania's Mirror, a collection of star cards with punched holes so one could line them up with the constellations.