HEMISPHAERIUM ORBIS ANTIQUI

002975
  • Author: Andreas Cellarius
  • Date: 1708
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 27 1/4" x 24 1/4"
  • Centimeters: 69.87 x 62.18
  • Price: Sold
Description:

HEMISPHAERIVM ORBIS ANTIQVI CVMZONIS CIRCVLIS ET SITV POPVLORUM DIVERSO. From Harmonica Microcosmica, Valk & Schenk, Amsterdam, 1708.

Andreas Cellarius (1596-1665) was a Dutch-German cartographer, best known for his Harmonia Macrocosmica, a major star atlas published in 1660 by the Amsterdam publisher Johannes Janssonius (1588-1664) as a cosmographical supplement to his Atlas Novus. Cellarius had already started working on this atlas before 1647 and intended it to be a historical introduction for a two-volume treatise on cosmography but the second part was never published.

The plates of his Harmonia Macrocosmica were reprinted in 1708 by the Amsterdam publishers Gerard Valk (1651-1726) and Petrus Schenk the Younger (1660-1711), and it is from this edition that our plates derive.

These celestial charts are among the most beautiful engraved and hand-colored works of their era, and are highly sought after by collectors.
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