Item description for Cellarius Atlas (Harmonia Macrocosmica of 1660) by Andreas Cellarius & Robert H. Van Gent...
Stargazing: History's most beautiful constellation maps in XXL-format! This collection of celestial atlases by Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (c. 1596 ? 1665) brings back to life a masterpiece from the Golden Age of celestial cartography. First published in 1660 in Harmonia Macrocosmica, the complete 29 double-folio maps and dozens of unusual details reproduced here depict the world systems of Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolas Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe, the motions of the sun, the moon, and the planets, and the delineation of the constellations in various views. Cellarius's atlas, superbly embellished with richly decorated borders depicting cherubs, astronomers, and astronomical instruments, features some of the most spectacular illustration in the history of astronomy. This reprint, made from the beautifully hand-colored and complete copy of the first edition in the Library of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, includes a copiously illustrated introduction by Robert van Gent, one of the leading Cellarius experts, summarizing the history of celestial cartography from antiquity to late 17th/early 18th century and illuminating the life and work of Andreas Cellarius. Van Gent also discusses the historical and cultural context and significance of the atlas and provides detailed descriptions of the astronomical and iconographical content of the plates, allowing modern readers to fully appreciate the masterwork of Andreas Cellarius and his publisher, Johannes Janssonius. The book's detailed appendix includes a list of constellation figures with short descriptions of their origin and mythology, a list of star names found on the plates, a glossary of technical words, and abibliography. Though these beautiful maps have become famous by being depicted on postcards, calendars, portfolios, and even mouse pads, they have rarely been reproduced in book form and never with such comprehensive descriptions and details as this TASCHEN edition. Cellarius's exquisite renditions of the constellations will excite the astronomer in anyone.
Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at promiseangels.com!
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.6" Width: 14" Height: 24" Weight: 9 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
ISBN 3822852902 ISBN13 9783822852903
Reviews - What do customers think about Cellarius Atlas (Harmonia Macrocosmica of 1660)?
Cellarius Atlas (Harmonia Macrocosmica of 1660) Jul 9, 2008
BEAUTIFUL. LOVE IT. It is big, so you should be sure you have the space to keep it. BUT GORGEOUS.
Excelent in every way Apr 11, 2008
The book is extremely well crafted.
Perhaps the size of the print could've been a little larger, but I see it OK as it is. The written content is well-informed and easily accesible for non-experts. Paper is obviously of high quality as is the printing. Especially nice is the black suede and gold print detail on the side of the outside binding.
I purchased this book for two reasons: it covers an interesting topic and it is also a nice piece of decoration for a study room or library. The book is very elegant; you will not be dissapointed.
Simply lovely Jun 21, 2007
There are many of us who just can't afford the time and money to get many Cellarius pieces for the home. This is the solution in a lovely, well printed and compiled edition of the book, from start to finish. It is large (slightly larger than the original). It would be perfect on a library table or similar. If you are interested illminated manuscripts, astronomy history, mythology, early scientific understanding of the heavens... then this is of great interest to you.
Great Book to have! Jan 15, 2007
A great source book, with beautiful illustrations of cosmos seeing thought the ayes of the 15 Century Artists.
Gorgeous!!! Dec 14, 2006
Taschen never seems to disapoint and this latest issue in their series of oversized classic texts is no exception. The Harmonia Macrocosmia is a lavish oversized book of 17th century celstial maps that are reproduced with stunning clarity and brilliance. This volume should appeal easily to anyone with an interest in astronomy, art or fine books.