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Description

Finely executed celestial model showing the movements of Venus and Mercury; this copperplate engraving original appeared in the 1708 Valk and Schenk edition of Andreas Cellarius' Harmonia Macrocosmica.

The map includes ample decorative imagery, including two title cartouches and various celestial figures. The engraving is highly informative from a scientific point of view.

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.

Andreas Cellarius was born in 1596 in Neuhausen and educated in Heidelberg. He emigrated to Holland in the early 17th Century and 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.

 

Condition Description
Original full-wash color.
Andreas Cellarius Biography

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.