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Planisphaerium Arateum: Cellarius 1708

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  • Title: Planisphaerium Arateum
  • Author: Andreas Cellarius
  • Date: 1708
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 21" x 18" [Image]
  • Centimeters: 53.85 x 46.15 [Image]
  • Product ID: 003195

PLANISPHAERIVM ARATEVM Sive Compages ORBIVM MVNDANORVM EX HYPOTHESI ARATEA IN PLANO EXPRESSA. From Harmonica Microcosmica, Valk & Schenk, Amsterdam, 1708.

Geocentric celestial chart based on the observations of Greek poet Aratus (c. 315/310  – 240 BC) 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 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.