Bevis spent the years 1747-1749 working on the star charts and endeavoring to attract subscribers as the project was to be costly. He managed 5 subscribers who ordered 30 copies. Unfortunately only a few proofs or complimentary copies were issued, with Bevis going bankrupt in 1750 due in part to the high cost of the engravings. The plates passed to the creditors and were later probably used for the Atlas Celeste 1786, itself a very rare work.
A small number, perhaps 6 copies, were listed in Bevis' estate at the time of his death in 1771.
The Uranograhia Britannica was based on Bayer’s Uranometria but includes about 5 times as many stars, with Bayer’s positions corrected. The last two plates represent the northern and southern hemispheres.
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