Hevelius’s depiction of Sextans
Sextans was shown by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum star atlas under the name Sextans Uraniae, Urania being the Greek Muse of astronomy. Although an innovator in some ways, Hevelius was a traditionalist in others and showed the constellations in mirror-image form, as though seen on the surface of a celestial globe.
Image © Tartu Observatory Virtual Museum.
NOTE: This reproduction is from the third edition of a facsimile of the Hevelius atlas, published by Fan Press, Tashkent, in 1978. In this facsimile edition, the diphthong in the name “Uraniae” has been removed. The full name is shown in earlier editions of the facsimile and on the Hevelius original.