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  • Title: Hypothesis Ptolemaica
  • Author: Andreas Cellarius
  • Date: 1708
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus - light age toning and foxing, repaired worm hole in upper right border
  • Inches: 21 x 18 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 53.85 x 46.15 [Image]
  • Product ID: 3110020

Hypothesis Ptolemaica Sive Communis Planetarum Motus per Eccentricos, et Epicyclos Demonstrans

"The Ptolemaic Hypothesis or Demonstrating Common Planetary Movements Through Eccentrics and Epicycles"

Celestial chart of Ptolemy's hypothesis regarding planetary movements.

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; however,the second part was never published. The plates of his Harmonia Macrocosmica were then reprinted in 1708 by the Amsterdam publishers Gerard Valk (1651-1726) and Petrus Schenk the Younger (1660-1711).