"Systema Mundi Aegyptiacum", Thomas, Corbinianus
Period: 1730-31 (published)
Publication: Mercurii philosophici firmamentum firmianum
Color: Hand Color
5 x 4.5 inches
12.7 x 11.4 cm
Little is known about Corbinianus Thomas, a Benedictine monk at Salzburg, but his Firmamentum is one of the unsung treasures of celestial cartography. It contained 54 small charts of individual constellations. Thomas used an interesting nomenclature system: Bayer Greek letter, Roman numeral for magnitude, and Arabic numeral for reference to a star catalog. This system originated on the large globes of Coronelli, as did many of Thomas's figures.
Unusual miniature chart of the Egyptian solar and celestial system.
References: Warner, p. 251.
Light stain in lower right.