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Scarce decorative celestial map by Melchior Rein, published first published in 1728.

The map is drawn from the work of Georg Christoph Einmarkt, first published circa 1707.  In this rare variant, Rein is credited as engraver under the lower center diagram. Melchior Rein was a German painter and engraver who worked in Bamberg and Augsburg. He engraved portraits and maps.

While this example looks similar to a version of the map by Seutter, they are different engravings from different copper plates.

The map includes two maps of the Northern & Southern Skies. A diagram in the upper right corner showing the monthly orbit and illumination of the moon, while another in the upper left represents day and night on the earth with quotations from Genesis. Five additional diagrams along the bottom represent the monthly orbit and illumination of the moon, the different planetary hypotheses of Tycho Brahe, Corpernicus, Ptolemy, and the annual orbit of the sun and the seasons.

An attractive example in full color original. The present example pre-dates the privilege in the lower left corner, below the neatline, which appears in later states of the map.

Condition Description
Old Color