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Astronomy, Diagram, Celestial Chart, Cellarius, Harmonia Macrocosmica, Antique Prints, 17th Century

Andreas Cellarius (c. 1596-1665) (after)
Celestial and Astronomy Charts
from Harmonia Macrocosmica Seu Atlas Universalis Et Novus, Totius Universi Creati Cosmographiam Generalem, Et Novam Exhibens
Jan Jansson, Amsterdam: 1660, 1661
Peter Schenk and Gerard Valk, Amsterdam: 1708
Hand-colored engravings
17 x 20 inches, plate mark, approximate
Prices vary, $4,750 and above, each

A group of prints from Andreas Cellarius’ Harmonia Macrocosmica, the only celestial and astronomical atlas published in the Netherlands during the golden age of Dutch cartography. The 29 cosmological engravings — together a compendium of theories of the universe as of the late 17th century — are richly engraved in the Baroque style, with elaborate decorative classical figures in the banners and four corners of each print. Cellarius illustrated various theories of astronomy, including the Ptolemaic theory (the earth was at the center of the universe), the revolutionary Copernican theory (the sun was at the center of the solar system), and Tycho Brahe’s compromise intermediate theory. The set also contains numerous magnificent constellation charts of the northern and southern hemispheres illustrating star formations in traditional classical mythological and scientific instrument forms, as well as an alternative interpretation of the stars in biblical forms.

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Very little is known about Andreas Cellarius, even though he is considered by many to have produced the most beautiful celestial atlas ever made. Born in Neuhausen, Germany (now known as Worms), Cellarius was educated at the University of Heidelberg. In 1625, he was working as a schoolmaster in Amsterdam. In 1637, he became the rector of the Latin School at Hoorn, Holland, where he remained for the rest of his life. He published works on fortifications and on Poland, but is remembered for Harmonia Macrocosmica, originally issued by Jan Jansson in 1660. The first edition, second issue, is identical except for the change of date to 1661. The Dutch publishers Peter Schenk and Gerard Valk reissued the Cellarius atlas in 1708 with the original copper plates; they are identified by the addition of their imprint in the right side title banner or in the lower center border. The edition of the charts offered here is indicated above; all are from the Schenk and Valk edition except one.

Condition: Each generally very good with only minor overall toning, wear, handling. Vertical centerfold professionally flattened.

References:

“Andreas Cellarius.” Wikipedia. 13 November 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Cellarius (20 November 2014).

Brown, Basil. Astronomical Atlases, Charts and Maps: An Historical and General Guide. London: Dawsons of Pall Mall, 1968. 40-41.

Koeman, Cornelis and van der Krogt, Peter C.J. Atlantes Neerlandici. ‘T Goy-Houten : Westrenen, 1997. 2.

Snyder, George Sergeant. Maps of the Heavens. New York: Abbeville Press, 1984. p. 115.

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Century

17th Century, 18th Century