532. [Atlas - Celestial]


Harmonia macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus, totius universi creati cosmographiam generalem, et novam exhibens.

Amsterdam, G. Valk; P. Schenk, 1708

Large folio: engr. title-letterpress title, 29 b/w maps, index, on guards (some minor foxing, light marginal soiling, lower part toned). Maps in very good condition, large margins, centerfolds perfect.

Rather poor contemp. mottled calf (headband part. damaged, rubbed, some scratches).

2nd edition of A. Cellarius' sumptuous celestial atlas (1st ed.: 1660) on the history and development of astronomy. Ill. with an engr. allegorical title by F.H. van den Hove and 29 pl. in 2nd state. Schenk and Valk bought the plates of the 1660 edition by J. Janssonius at the auction of 1694 and added their imprint. Richly decorated with portraits and geometrical instruments, Cellarius' work demonstrates Ptolemy's geocentric model, as well as Aratus' cosmography, the heliocentric model of Copernicus and the Tychonic system developed by Tycho Brahe. With the selling price of a copy more or less equal to the author's monthly income, this atlas was a prestigious work that few could afford.
Ref. van der Krogt I:802A. - van Gent, R.H. - "De hemelatlas van Andreas Cellarius". In Caert-Thresoor 19/1 (2000), pp. 9-25.

€ 12.000 / 16.000

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