Reynolds Astronomical Diagrams
By EMSLIE, John; and James REYNOLDS , 1849

[Astronomical diagrams]

  • Author: EMSLIE, John; and James REYNOLDS
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: James Reynolds, 174 Strand
  • Publication date: 1849.
  • Physical description: Set of twelve hand coloured prints on card, some with tissue insets, housed within a red cloth portfolio folder.
  • Inventory reference: 12584


The series was first issued by Reynolds in 1846 and was continued to be produced throughout the second half of the 19th century. The cards responded to a perceived market for popular science products and were intended for informal learning within the home.

A number of cards have tissue paper backings and holes in the card in order to allow the user to hold them up to the light and see the stars, planets or phases of the Moon displayed as light areas against a darker background.

Reynolds’ educational diagrams received a prize medal at the International Exhibition of 1862.

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