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  • Title: Planisphaerium Arateum
  • Author: Andreas Cellarius
  • Date: 1708
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Fair - light age toning, surface dirt, significant repair to large areas of loss within image
  • Inches: 21 x 18 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 53.85 x 46.15 [Image]
  • Product ID: 319041

Planisphaerium Arateum Sive Compages Orbium Mundanorum ex Hypothesi Aratea In Plano Expressa.

"Planisphaerium Arateum or the Structure of the Orb of the World Based on a Hypothesis of Arataeus Expressed in Plane."

Geocentric celestial chart based on the observations of Greek poet Arataeus (c. 315/310  – 240 BCE) in Phaenomena, his major extant poem which describes various constellations and celestial phenomena.

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).