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18th century illustration of the constellations Indus and Pavo

Stock No. 21401 Category: Tags: , , , Cartographer: THOMAS, Corbinianus.

Indus Pavo.
Frankfurt, 1730. Fine original hand colour. 150 x 140mm.


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A chart of the constellations of Indus (shown as a native dressed in a feather skirt, holding arrows) and Pavo (a peacock), 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.

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Dimensions 140 × 150 mm



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Indus Pavo.


Frankfurt, 1730. Fine original hand colour. 150 x 140mm.


A good example.


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