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18th century illustration of the constellation Coma Berenices

Stock No. 14387 Category: Tags: , , , Cartographer: THOMAS, Corbinianus.

Coma Berenices.
Frankfurt, 1730. Original colour. 125 x 135mm.

£300

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A chart of the constellation Coma Berenices ('Berenice's hair', named for the legend of Queen Berenice II of Egypt, who cut off her long hair as a votive offering). It was 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: Greek letter for the star, Roman numeral for the magnitude and Arabic numeral for the star catalogue reference.

Additional information

Dimensions 135 × 125 mm
Cartographer

Date

1730

Extra Info

Coma Berenices.

Publication

Frankfurt, 1730. Original colour. 125 x 135mm.

Condition

A good example.

References

KANAS: 7.7, 'beautiful illustrations'; WARNER, p.251.