Auction 130, Lot 51

"Theoria Lunae, eius Motum per Eccentricum et Epicyclum Demonstrans", Cellarius, Andreas

Subject: Solar System, Moon

Period: 1660 (circa)

Publication: Harmonia Macrocosmica

Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 17.3 inches
52.1 x 43.9 cm

The Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius is best known for his spectacular celestial atlas, the Harmonia Macrocosmica. His atlas contained a description of ancient and contemporary astronomy including the theories of Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe. The atlas was illustrated with twenty-nine engraved plates that are among the most beautiful celestial charts ever made. The charts include illustrations of the heavens and diagrams of the orbits of the Sun, Moon, and planets according to the different cosmological theories. They were richly adorned with elaborate cartouches and baroque elements such as putti in clouds, shells, garlands, as well as portraits of famous astronomers and astronomical instruments. The Harmonia Macrocosmica was published in 1660, and reissued in 1661 by the Amsterdam publisher Johannes Jansson as a supplement to his Atlas Novus. The plates were reissued again in 1708 by the Amsterdam publishers Gerard Valk and Petrus Schenk.

This beautiful chart illustrates the Ptolemaic model of lunar motion. The epicycles of the moon are shown as it revolves along its various orbits. The central diagram is bordered by the signs of the Zodiac and surrounded by superb engravings of clouds filled with putti, the title banners and two smaller diagrams. Engraved by Joannes van Loon.

References: Kanas Fig 7.1.

Condition: B+

The map has been backed with light Japanese tissue with the lower centerfold repaired. The old color is slightly faded.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200

Sold for: $900

Closed on 12/2/2009