"Sterre Kaert of Hemels Pleyn, waer door met kan wete hoe laet dat het is over de gehele aertkloot op alle meridiane en polus hoogte, en op wat lengte en brete, de voorsz sterre staen, bezuyde en benoorde de Liniae Aequinoctiael", Elwe, Jan Barend
Period: 1792 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.3 x 18.5 inches
56.6 x 47 cm
This large map is one of the most unusual Dutch celestial charts. It shows the constellations of both the northern and southern hemispheres on a single rectangular projection. The constellations are depicted as though looking down on the earth from beyond the stars, so many of the figures are drawn with their backs turned. A chart of measurements organized by the zodiac is below the chart. Cherubs support a small cartouche within the chart (Door Dit Hemels Pleyn…) This chart is the work of Remmet Teunisse Backer from circa 1684. It was issued by several publishers throughout the eighteenth century. This is the last state with Elwe's imprint added in the chart and Johannes de Ram's imprint barely visible below the bottom neatline.
References: Kanas p. 330; Warner p. 11, 1.d.
There is a professional repair on the bottom centerfold that barely affects the text.