Visible Heavens

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Artist Statement

These four celestial maps illustrate the night sky as it was seen from New York City during the four quarters of the year. The woodblock prints were hand-carved by Asa Smith, the principal at Public School No. 12, who aimed to “present all the distinguishing principles in Physical Astronomy with as few words as possible”. His work, Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy, was the most popular American astronomy guide of the 19th century. Smith took nearly three years to complete all of the woodblock prints for the book, which was finally published in 1850.

Over one hundred years later, David Rumsey—map collector and president of Cartography Associates—added Smith’s book to his collection of more than 150,000 rare maps. The David Rumsey Map Collection includes maps from all over the world, dating as far back as the 16th century. Rumsey began collecting in the early 1980s and continues to this day, adding new maps to his website where they can be accessed by the public for free.

Details

+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by our head curator is included
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

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Museo PR

Edition Structure:
10"x8" | edition of 20
14"x11" | edition of 100
20"x16" | edition of 50
30"x24" | edition of 10

Space Editions

We're unabashedly into outer space: romantic notions of the great unknown, iconic and uplifting moments in history, how it shapes our vision of the future. These editions are the intersection of art and science, and it's a sight for sore eyes. Blast off into our curated collection of images from the NASA archive.
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