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Andreas Cellarius:  Hemisphaerium Orbis Antiqui Cumzonis Circulis et Situ Populorum Diverso

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Title: Hemisphaerium Orbis Antiqui Cumzonis Circulis et Situ Populorum Diverso

Map Maker: Andreas Cellarius

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1660 (1708)

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 20 x 17 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $1,100.00

Inventory ID: 41587


Decorative example of Andreas Cellarius's map of the Eastern Hemisphere, illustrating with climatic zones ranging from Frigida Borealis to Torrida, with planetary details superimposed.

The elaborate border includes fine scrollwork, numerous putti, and additional diagrams showing armillary spheres and climatic zones.

Andreas Cellarius was born in 1596 in Neuhausen and educated in Heidelberg. He emigrated to Holland in the early 17th Century and 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.

Cellarius' charts are the most soughtafter of celestial charts, blending the striking imagery of the golden age of Dutch Cartography with contemporary scientific knowledge.  The present examples come from the Valk & Schenk edition of Cellarius' atlas, which is unchanged from the 1661 edition.  The 1660 and 1661 editions can be distinguished by the inclusion of a plate number in the lower right corner of the 1661 edition.  The Valk & Schenk edition can be distinguished by the addition of the printer's name (Valk & Schenk) in the titles of the maps.

Condition Description: Small area or restoration near centerfold.

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