Sunday, 5 February 2012

New Acquisitions

We are currently processing a number of exciting new acquisitions such as this wonderfully elaborate celestial map by Georg Matthaus Seutter.

Planispherium Coeleste
Copper engraved with original hand colour
Augsburg, 1730
500 x 580 mm

Magnificent double hemisphere celestial chart showing the northern and southern sky with constellations in allegorical form derived from Hevelius.
A diagram in the upper left corner represents day and night on the earth with quotations from Genesis. The diagram at upper right shows the monthly orbit and illumination of the moon.

The five diagrams along the bottom represent the monthly orbit and illumination of the moon, and the planetary hypothesis of Tycho Brahe, Copernicus, Ptolemy, and the annual orbit of the sun and the seasons.

Ref: Warner, The Sky Explored, page 245,1.

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