Prints from Uranometria Britannica by John Bevis - circa 1750
Two prints from Uranometria Britannica (circa 1750) by John Bevis. John Bevis was a physician and amateur astronomer that wanted to produce an improved version of John Flamsteed's atlas using star positions measured with his telescope. John Bevis managed to get several subscribers to his atlas and even produced a number of prints from each of the copper plates and several proof volumes were produced but his printer went into bankruptcy in 1750 and the copper plates were seized by the courts so that his atlas was never printed. In 1771 John Bevis suffered a fatal fall from his telescope. His widow auctioned off his atlas materials in 1785 and the purchaser used them to produce a number of volumes titled Atlas Celeste in 1786. There are around thirty of these volumes known to exist, which makes this atlas one of the rarest celestial atlases. It is assumed that a number of loose plates also survived, which may be the source of these prints. They could also be from some of the 1786 atlases that were later broken up. More information on Uranometria Britannica is available at the Manchester Astronomical Society and the Linda Hall Library. The Triangulum print was acquired through Sworders Auctions in the UK. The Delphenus print was acquired through PBA Galleries in San Francisco, and came out of Nick Kanas' collection. Nick Kanas is one of the world's leading authorities on celestial atlases.