"Idea Dell Universo", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria
Period: 1670 (circa)
Color: Black & White
30.5 x 22 inches
77.5 x 55.9 cm
Magnificent, schematic celestial chart representing the major astronomical and astrological theories from classical times to the end of the 17th century. The central engraving is a large celestial planisphere incorporating the rotations of the planets and signs of the zodiac, which is surrounded by 4 blowing windheads and 5 planetary diagrams. The border is comprised of 28 smaller diagrams ranging from illustrations of solar and lunar eclipses and terrestrial maps to diagrams of astrological aspects and a chart indicating which zodiacal signs govern the various parts of the body. As a whole the engraving provides a spectacular visual compendium of astronomical and celestial theories.
Two sheet joined. Professionally backed with Japanese tissue. A fine example of this scarce chart.