Catherine Whitwell, An Astronomical Catechism (London, 1818)

Recent acquisition: This beautiful work, written as a dialogue between a mother and her daughter, offers a wonderful introduction to the night sky. Catherine Whitwell was a professor at Robert Owen’s school at New Lanarck in the 1820′s, who also wrote on economics and education. This work of 400 pages includes 23 engraved plates drawn by the author, including 4 spectacular hand-colored folding plates. Shown below are 2 of of the 4 folding plates: the constellations of Corvus, Crater and Hydra; and a dramatic impression of the full Moon at night, against a striking black background.

View additional Whitwell images at the Collections’ image galleries.

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