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Andreas Cellarius:  Planisphaerium Braheum Sive Structura Mundi Totius Ex Hypothesi Tychonis Braehi In Plano Delineata . . .

Celestial Maps

Title: Planisphaerium Braheum Sive Structura Mundi Totius Ex Hypothesi Tychonis Braehi In Plano Delineata . . .

Map Maker: Andreas Cellarius

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1660 (1708)

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 20 x 17 inches

Condition: VG

Price: SOLD

Inventory ID: 41136


Fine old color example of Cellarius's chart illustrating Danish Astronomer Tycho Brahe's model of the universe, from the 1708 edition of Andreas Cellarius' Harmonia Macrocosmica, published in Amsterdam by Valk & Schenk.

As a compromise between the models of Ptolemy and Copenicus, the Danish Astronomer Tycho Brahe proposed a model of the Universe with the earth at the center of the universe and the Sun and Moon circling the Earth, but the other planets revolving around the Sun.

The chart includes a portrait of Tycho Brahe in the lower right, with his famous observatory on the island of Hven in the background.

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.  A second edition was published by Jansson in 1661 and a third edition by Valk & Schenk in 1708.

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.

Condition Description: Old Color, with recent enhancement. Several areas of verdigris cracking, expertly repaired on verso.

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