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Andreas Cellarius: Tychonis Brahe Calculus Planetarum Cursus et Altitudines ob Oculos Ponens

Map: CELEST1335
Cartographer: Andreas Cellarius
Title: Tychonis Brahe Calculus Planetarum Cursus et Altitudines ob Oculos Ponens
Date: 1661
Published: Amsterdam
Width: 21 inches / 54 cm
Height: 18 inches / 46 cm
Map ref: CELEST1335
Splendid example of Cellarius's celestial diagram illustrating Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe's calculations of the orbits and altitudes of the known planetary bodies. The Earth sits firmly in the centre of the diagram. The Sun orbits around the Earth and the five known planets orbit around the Sun. The orbit of Saturn, the most distant of the known planets, extends almost to the edge of the diagram which is encircled by a colourful ring representing the constellations of the Zodiac. In typical Cellarius fashion, the margins are filled with glorious Rococo decorations, including lavish scrollwork and studious putti.

Andreas Cellarius's celestial charts are some of the most decorative ever published and are highly sought-after for their combination of Dutch Golden age beauty and their scientific content. These maps were published at a time when the classical cosmologies of the ancient Greeks were at last being challenged by the new, emerging theories of contemporary scholars, such as Tycho Brahe and Nicolaus Copernicus. To find out more about Andreas Cellarius's maps, read our extended blog post - "Finding our place in the Universe" - on The Map House blog.

Rich original hand colour. The Sun's orbit is highlighted with gold leaf. [CELEST1335]