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Andreas Cellarius: Haemisphaeria Sphaerarum Rectae et Obliquae Utriusque Motus et Longitudines tam Coelestes quam Terrestres ac Stellarum Affectiones Monsrantia

Map: CELEST1341
 
Cartographer: Andreas Cellarius
Title: Haemisphaeria Sphaerarum Rectae et Obliquae Utriusque Motus et Longitudines tam Coelestes quam Terrestres ac Stellarum Affectiones Monsrantia
Date: 1661
Published: Amsterdam
Width: 21 inches / 54 cm
Height: 18 inches / 46 cm
Map ref: CELEST1341
Description:
Splendid example of one of the most complex diagrams in Cellarius's glorious celestial atlas, illustrating the motions of the ecliptic and equatorial co-ordinate systems, celestial and terrestrial longitudes, and the influences of the stars.

In typical Cellarius fashion, the margins are filled with glorious Rococo decoration, including purple clouds and winged putti. There are also two smaller diagrams explaining the motion Moon in relation to the Earth. The colourful ring surrounding the diagram shows the 12 constellations of the Zodiac.

Andreas Cellarius's celestial charts are some of the most decorative ever published and are highly sought-after for their combination of Dutch Golden age beauty and their scientific content. These maps were published at a time when the classical cosmologies of the ancient Greeks were at last being challenged by the new, emerging theories of contemporary scholars, such as Tycho Brahe and Nicolaus Copernicus. To find out more about Andreas Cellarius's maps, read our extended blog post - "Finding our place in the Universe" - on The Map House blog.

Rich original hand colour with gilt highlights. [CELEST1341]