Fine example of Cellarius's chart illustrating the path of the sun's annual rotation around the earth, from the northern tropic to the southern, from the 1708 edition of Cellarius's Harmonia Macrocosmica.
The band of the zodiac is included, with names and symbols of the various signs of the zodiac, surrounded by cherubs and other embellishments.
Andreas Cellarius was born in 1596 in Neuhausen and educated in Heidelberg. He emigrated to Holland in the early 17th Century and in 1637 moved to Hoorn, where he became the rector of the Latin School. Cellarius' best known work is his Harmonia Macrocosmica, first issued in 1660 by Jan Jansson, as a supplement to Jansson's Atlas Novus.
The work consists of a series of Celestial Charts begun by Cellarius in 1647 and intended as part of a two volume treatise on cosmography, which was never issued.
Cellarius' charts are the most sought after of celestial charts, blending the striking imagery of the golden age of Dutch Cartography with contemporary scientific knowledge.