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 Posted: Thu Sep 1st, 2011 03:17 pm
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AdamMcLean
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Over the last few weeks I have been colouring the engravings of the Astronomical card game, which was published as illustrations in the book Das Astronomische Kartenspiel, Nurnberg, 1656. I was immediately taken by these engravings which are based on the Uranometria of Johann Bayer printed at Augsburg in 1603. The astronomical card game has the standard 52 cards with the four suits of hearts, acorns, bells and leaves which was usual for German playing cards of that period. Once I have completed the colouring I will make this into a book for my Art Books Series.

http://www.alchemywebsite.com/bookshop/art_book_series.html

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 Posted: Fri Sep 2nd, 2011 07:44 am
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They're beautiful Adam. And just think, if those ancient astronomers had seen different shapes in the constellations, all the signs of the zodiac might be different...

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 Posted: Fri Sep 2nd, 2011 08:09 am
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So will that include the rules for said game Adam?

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 Posted: Fri Sep 2nd, 2011 09:15 am
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It is not a special card game. These are designed as a standard 52 card deck of the period.

It is not really a "game" as such. It is a memory aid to enable people to remember the constellations and the main stars that compose them. It is a memory system. I have recently become interested in these obscure emblem systems, having recently coloured Thomas Murner's Card Game of Logic, produced in the early 16th century which was a set of cards that would act as a memory aid to enable people to learn the rules and procedures of logic.

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