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37. Wollaston, Francis. A portraiture of the heavens. London: J. Cary, 1811.

Wollaston's was the first major star atlas published after Bode's Uranographia of 1801, and in comparing the two, we see that a major change has taken place. Wollaston's maps are much simpler, and cleaner. The image is a detail of Ophiuchus, holding the serpent, with Hercules upside down above him. Note that the constellation figures are faint, and in outline only. The number of constellatons has been sharply reduced; Wollaston rejects all of Bode's innovations, and indeed there are no constellations here that were not used by Flamsteed. Nebulae are not depicted at all. Instead, the emphasis is on the stars. Special attention is given to variable stars, and each plate has marginal annotations at left and right that refer to changes in the fixed stars.

It is interesting to compare Wollaston's version of the Ophiuchus tete-a-tete with that of Pardies.