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  CELESTIAL 
 Celestial Maps 

BAYER, Johann. [A set of twelve 17th century Zodiac signs]
[The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac.] Ulm, 1641. Coloured with watercolour and gouache, stars highlighted in gold. Twelve plates, each 285 x 380mm.
The twelve signs of the Zodiac, engraved by Alexander Mair for Bayer's 'Uranometria', a star atlas that shaped the way the heavens would be perceived for more than two centuries. Each constellation is fleshed out into the classical figures recognisable today. Johann Bayer (1572-1625), an Augsburg lawyer, was an amateur astronomer in the years just prior to the invention of the telescope. His most important innovation was a new system of identifying stars by Greek and Roman letters, known today as the Bayer designation. His 'Uranometria' ('Measuring the Sky'), first published 1603, was the first celestial atlas to contain a chart of the stars in the Southern Hemisphere. WARNER: Bayer 1.
[Ref: 14271]    £15,000.00 ($20,655 • €16,875 rates)


CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria. [Showing different theories of the Solar System]
Sistema dell' Universo..[Nine Diagrams of the Solar System.] Venice, c.1690. Nine plates on one sheet, total printed area 430 x 580mm.
A beautifully engraved work, comprising 9 different illustrations, depicting The Solar System according to Ptolemy, Descartes, Copernicus, Brahe and others. For Coronelli's famous Atlante Veneto and Isolario publications.
[Ref: 17442]    £1,100.00 ($1,515 • €1,238 rates)


CELLARIUS, Andreas. [The Motions of the Three Outer Planets]
Theoria trium superiorum planetarum. Amsterdam, Schenk & Valk, 1708. Original colour with additions, including gold highlights. 440 x 515mm.
'Representation (of the motions) of the three superior planets (Mars, Jupiter & Saturn).' This chart was published in the 'Atlas Coelestis; seu Harmonia Macrocosmica', the only celestial atlas to be produced in the Netherlands before the nineteenth century. It was a compilation of maps of the Ptolemaic universe and the more modern theories of Copernicus and Brahe, and remains the finest and most highly decorative celestial atlas ever produced. It was originally published by Jan Jansson in 1660: this chart comes from Schenk & Valk's reissue. KOEMAN: Cel 3.
[Ref: 13542]    £1,200.00 ($1,652 • €1,350 rates)


CELLARIUS, Andreas. [The planisphere of Aratus]
Planisphaerium Arateum sive compages orbium mundanorum ex hpyothesi Arate in plano expressa. Amsterdam, Schenk & Valk, 1708. Original colour with additions, including gold highlights. 440 x 515mm.
'The planisphere of Aratus, or the composition of the heavenly orbits following the hypothesis of Aratus expressed in a planar view.' Aratus (c.315-240 BC), a Greek diadactic poet, wrote 'Phaenomena', a poem about the Constellations and planetary motions. The borders of this chart contain the titles, on banners held aloft by putti, and two scanes of astronomers debating their findings. It was engraved by van Loon and published in the 'Atlas Coelestis; seu Harmonia Macrocosmica', the only celestial atlas to be produced in the Netherlands before the nineteenth century. It was a compilation of maps of the Ptolemaic universe and the more modern theories of Copernicus and Brahe, and remains the finest and most highly decorative celestial atlas ever produced. It was originally published by Jan Jansson in 1660: this chart comes from Schenk & Valk's reissue. KOEMAN: Cel 3.
[Ref: 13547]    £2,200.00 ($3,029 • €2,475 rates)


CELLARIUS, Andreas. [Celestial chart showing the Ptolemaic planetary orbits]
Hypothesis Ptolemaica sive communis, planetarum motus per eccentricos, et epicyclos demostrans. Amsterdam, Schenk & Valk, 1708. Original colour with additions, including gold highlights. 440 x 515mm.
'The Ptolemaic or commonly accepted hypothesis, demonstrating the planetary motions in eccentric and epicyclical orbits.' This chart was published in the 'Atlas Coelestis; seu Harmonia Macrocosmica', the only celestial atlas to be produced in the Netherlands before the nineteenth century. It was a compilation of maps of the Ptolemaic universe and the more modern theories of Copernicus and Brahe, and remains the finest and most highly decorative celestial atlas ever produced. It was originally published by Jan Jansson in 1660: this chart comes from Schenk & Valk's reissue. KOEMAN: Cel 3.
[Ref: 13549]    £950.00 ($1,308 • €1,069 rates)


CELLARIUS, Andreas. [Celestial chart of Tycho Brahe's theories of the Universe]
Planisphaerium Braheum, sive structura Mundi Totius, ex hypothesi Tychonis Brahei in plano delineata. Amsterdam, Schenk & Valk, 1708. Original colour with additions, including gold highlights. 440 x 515mm.
A beautiful celestial chart depicting the 'planisphere of Brahe, or the structure of the universe following the hypothesis of Tycho Brahe drawn in a planar view'. The Danish Astronomer Tycho Brahe posited a Solar System merging the theories of Ptolemy and Copenicus, so that the Sun revolved around the earth, but the planets were bound to the Sun. Jupiter is shown with four moons. In the borders the title banners are held up by putti, and portraits of Brahe at his Hven observatory bottom right and probably Ptolemy bottom left. This chart was published in the 'Atlas Coelestis; seu Harmonia Macrocosmica', the only celestial atlas to be produced in the Netherlands before the nineteenth century. It was a compilation of maps of the Ptolemaic universe and the more modern theories of Copernicus and Brahe, and remains the finest and most highly decorative celestial atlas ever produced. It was originally published by Jan Jansson in 1660: this chart comes from Schenk & Valk's reissue. KOEMAN: Cel 3.
[Ref: 13526]    £3,000.00 ($4,131 • €3,375 rates)


CELLARIUS, Andreas. [Celestial chart illustrating the apparent motions of Venus & Mercury]
Theoria Veneris et Mercurii. Amsterdam, Schenk & Valk, 1708. Original colour with additions, including gold highlights. 440 x 515mm.
A beautiful chart showing the paths of Venus and Mercury as seen from Earth, published in the 'Atlas Coelestis; seu Harmonia Macrocosmica', the only celestial atlas to be produced in the Netherlands before the nineteenth century. It was a compilation of maps of the Ptolemaic universe and the more modern theories of Copernicus and Brahe, and remains the finest and most highly decorative celestial atlas ever produced. It was originally published by Jan Jansson in 1660: this chart comes from Schenk & Valk's reissue. KOEMAN: Cel 3.
[Ref: 13530]    £950.00 ($1,308 • €1,069 rates)


CELLARIUS, Andreas. [The world’s construction according to Tycho Brahe]
Scenographia compagis mundanae Brahea. Amsterdam, Schenk & Valk, 1708. Original colour with additions, including gold highlights. 440 x 515mm.
'Scenography of the world’s construction according to Brahe.' A fine celestial chart showing the world's eastern hemisphere, with the motions of the sun and planets and a band representing the Zodiac. The borders are filled with putti and allegorical figures holding scientific instruments. This chart was published in the 'Atlas Coelestis; seu Harmonia Macrocosmica', the only celestial atlas to be produced in the Netherlands before the nineteenth century. It was a compilation of maps of the Ptolemaic universe and the more modern theories of Copernicus and Brahe, and remains the finest and most highly decorative celestial atlas ever produced. It was originally published by Jan Jansson in 1660: this chart comes from Schenk & Valk's reissue. KOEMAN: Cel 3.
[Ref: 13543]    £3,000.00 ($4,131 • €3,375 rates)


CELLARIUS, Andreas. [Pair of celestial charts with the constellations depicted with Christian iconography]
Coeli Stellati Christiani Haemisphaerium Posterius. [&] Coeli Stellati Christiani Haemisphaerium Prius. Amsterdam, Schenk & Valk, 1708. Original colour with additions, including gold highlights. Pair, each 440 x 515mm. Printer's crease reinforced on reverse on one plate.
A beautiful pair of celestial charts of the constellations, depicting them not in the traditional Greco-Roman figures but in Christian imagery as envisaged by Julius Schiller in 1627 in an attempt to make the iconography of the stars more relevant to his day. Thus the Zodiac is represented by the Twelve Apostles and Pegasus has become Gabriel. All the figures are shown face on, because Schiller thought it would be an indignity to have them show their backsides. His changes did not catch on, causing him often to be ridiculed, but when they were published his charts were the most accurate available. These charts was engraved by Jan van Loon and published in the 'Atlas Coelestis; seu Harmonia Macrocosmica', the only celestial atlas to be produced in the Netherlands before the nineteenth century. It was a compilation of maps of the Ptolemaic universe and the more modern theories of Copernicus and Brahe, and remains the finest and most highly decorative celestial atlas ever produced. It was originally published by Jan Jansson in 1660: this chart comes from Schenk & Valk's reissue. KOEMAN: Cel 3.
[Ref: 13536]    £7,500.00 ($10,328 • €8,438 rates)


THOMAS, Corbinianus. [18th century map of the Zodiac sign Scorpio]
Scorpius. Frankfurt, 1730. Original colour. 135 x 140mm.
The constellation Scorpio, engraved by Johann Christoph Berndt for the celestial atlas 'Mercurii Philosphici Firmamentum Firmianum', named for Thomas's patron, Leopold Anton von Firmian, Archbishop of Salzburg. Corbinianus Thomas (1694-1767), a Benedictine monk, was Professor of Mathematics and Theology at the University of Salzburg. His star atlas was first published in 1730 at Frankfurt, with a second edition at Augsburg the following year. He used an odd system for nomenclature: Bayer Greek letter for the star, Roman numeral for the magnitude and Arabic numeral for the star catalogue reference. Individual zodiac signs of this period are uncommon, especially in original colour. KANAS: 7.7, 'beautiful illustrations'; WARNER, p.251.
[Ref: 14289]    £500.00 ($689 • €563 rates)


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