The Art of Book Design: The Witness of the Stars

E.W. Bullinger. The Witness of the Stars. London, published by the author, 1893.

A book of biblical astronomy, self-published by the Rev. Ethelbert Bullinger, D.D.


via: The Internet Archive


  1. StevoR says

    Biblical astronomy with Greek ( actually Summerian if you go back far enough) constellations and (mostly) Arabic star names.

    Great cover art.

  2. StevoR says

    PS. If you want to see what the starring constellations on the book cover -- namely Ophiuchus (13th constellation of the Zodiac) btw & Serpens look like in modern skies, well see Kaler’s websites photographs here :

    Yes, there’s quite a bit of imagination involved. Ras Al Hagus there (Alpha Ophiuchi) is now usually listed as Rasalhague with Unuk (Alpha Serpentis) being Unukalhai and Al Phacca todsay’s Alphecca (Alpha Coronae Borealis) a.k.a. Gemma.

    Plus link here for the more sensibly pictured Corona Borealis (“Northern Crown”) astrophoto :

    As well as the spectacular winter skymark of Scorpius :

    here which is considerably more noticeable and clear in my night skies.

  3. StevoR says

    PPS. It is worth pushing the label stars buttons on the linked Kaler skymaps. Well, I reckon it is anyhow. One of my fave websites for stellar info. Also scroll down to the end of his very long main page list of linked constellations and stars within for a neat surprise worth clicking on beyond Vulpecula.

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