Lot 47
  • 47

Cellarius, Andreas

Estimate
80,000 - 100,000 GBP
Sold
187,500 GBP
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Description

  • Harmonia Macrocosmica seu Atlas Universalis et novus, totius Universi creati cosmographiam generalem, et novam exhibens. Amsterdam: for Jan Jansson, 1661 
  • paper
First edition, second issue, large folio (498 x 333mm.), on guards throughout, engraved allegorical title by F.H. van Hoven, woodcut device on letterpress title, and 29 double-page engraved cosmographical charts, CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLOUR, HEIGHTENED IN GOLD, CONTEMPORARY ARMORIAL RED MOROCCO GILT, gilt panelled sides with gilt fleurons in corners of central panel and gilt decorations composed of drawer handle and other tools filling the broad outer frame at the 4 corners, spine gilt with 8 raised bands, title with areas of oxidisation, occasional short tears at lower folds, light marginal spotting or soiling, spine ends repaired, rubbed

Provenance

Van Reigersberg, of Zeland, arms on upper cover (J.B. Rietstap, Armorial Général, vol.II, p.543); sale, Sotheby's, 18 July 1966, lot 230, £1,200, Edelmann

Literature

Koeman IV Cel.1 & 2

Catalogue Note

The only celestial atlas published in the Netherlands and an outstanding example of atlas production from the Golden Age of Dutch cartography. Unlike the later celestial atlases, the Cellarius charts demonstrated various ancient and contemporary cosmological ideas, rather than just the names and positions of the stars. The purpose of the book was to assess different attempts to discover the underlying harmony of the universe. The charts represent the highest levels of seventeenth-century astronomical thought, with the diagrams showing aspects of the three great theories on the nature of the universe: the Ptolemaic, the Copernican and the Brahean.
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