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Auction 167, Lot 27

"Theoria Veneris et Mercurii", Cellarius/Schenk & Valck

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1708 (published)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis seu Harmonia Macrocosmica

Color: Hand Color

20.1 x 16.9 inches
51.1 x 42.9 cm
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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.

Fine decorative chart showing the movements of Venus and Mercury. Dramatic engravings of clouds, putti, figures, title banners and two smaller spheres surround the central diagram. This is the Valck & Schenk edition with their imprint in the title.

References: Kanas, p. 191-94; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #HM21:1.

Condition: B+

A sharp impression with lovely contemporary color, light scattered foxing, marginal soiling, and light toning along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $600 - $750


Closed on 3/28/2018