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Cellarius Atlas: The Divine Sky - History's Most Beautiful Celestial Atlas (Harmonia Macrocosmica of 1660) [Hardcover]

Andreas Cellarius , Robert Van Gent
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19 Oct 2006 Harmonia Macrocosmica of 1660
This collection of celestial maps by Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (c. 1566 - 1665) brings back to life a masterpiece from the Golden Age of celestial cartography. First published in 1660 in the Harmonia Macrocosmica, the complete 29 double-folio maps and dozens of unusual details reproduced here depict the world systems of Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe, the motions of the sun, the moon, and the planets, and the delineation of the constellations in various views. "Cellarius' 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 a bibliography. 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.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Mul edition (19 Oct 2006)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 3822852902
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822852903
  • Product Dimensions: 61 x 35.6 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 788,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert van Gent is a collaborator on the Explokart Research Program for the History of Cartography at the University of Utrecht's Faculty of Geosciences. After obtaining his PhD in astronomy at the University of Utrecht, he worked from 1989 to 1999 as curator of astronomy at the Museum Boerhaave in Leiden. He has published on the history of astronomy, celestial cartography, and astronomical instruments. Since 2005 he has been working on a carto-bibliography of celestial atlases, planispheres, and related items published in the Low Countries.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely jaw-droppingly astounding! 18 Jan 2008
No, I did not have the money to buy this extremely large and heavy tome, but I did have the opportunity to spend a good 15 minutes browsing through it at a bookshop recently. What can I say, the colours are beautiful, the diagrams are esoteric and exotic, the illustrations are wonderful. Even if you're not a fan of astronomy or astrology, if you are the least bit moved by wonderful art and illustrations, you will be blown away by this magic book. If you can afford it, buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid source texts 25 Nov 2009
That I have the good fortune to actually own a copy of my own is a source of daunting joy: public librerians, take note: this is both a direct source on changing universes of the Baroque & a milestone in the history of craftmanship. A wonder both astronomical & sensual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cellarius Atlas 18 Jun 2013
By jake
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This is a fantastic tomb. It covers English, German and French - All concise in language. The original prints are left of their original pressing of course. This book almost feels like a magical gateway to the divine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 1 May 2009
This book IS quite expensive and large which is why I've deducted 1 star...but otherwise the book is a wonderful publication - the size is needed to show the details in some of the prints, I just personally find it a little hard to hold as I'm quite small. The quality of reproduction is lovely. This is a book that will be in the family for a few generation! I highly recommend this book if you're interested in very high quality books on Mediaeval astronomy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!!! 14 Dec 2006
By W. Creswell - Published on
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply lovely 21 Jun 2007
By John A. Blackwell - Published on
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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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book to have! 15 Jan 2007
By Jorge A. Gonzalez - Published on
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A great source book, with beautiful illustrations of cosmos seeing thought the ayes of the 15 Century Artists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent in every way 11 April 2008
By Marco Lalama Gross - Published on
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cellarius Atlas (Harmonia Macrocosmica of 1660) 9 July 2008
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BEAUTIFUL. LOVE IT. It is big, so you should be sure you have the space to keep it. BUT GORGEOUS.
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