Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Heavenly Typography

Some people see faint outlines of unicorns in the heavenly constellations and others see dogs, or the canis minor. Yet Mr. Jehoshaphat Aspin looked up and saw a celestial type studio in the stars with a unicorn (monoceros) jumping over it. I wonder if this is where the term Jumpin' Jehoshaphat came from?
       This work is from Urania's Mirror: Monoceros, Canis Minor and Atelier Typographique, an 1825 set of lovely celestial cards (etched by Sidney Hall) accompanied by A Familiar Treatise on Astronomy, and included in the Heavens exhibit at the US Library of Congress.
:: From Trialsanderror's great Flickr site.

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