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Cellarius Atlas: The Divine Sky - History's Most Beautiful Celestial Atlas (Harmonia Macrocosmica of 1660) Hardcover – 19 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Mul edition (19 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822852902
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822852903
  • Product Dimensions: 35.6 x 4.6 x 61 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,422,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A vintage treasure 13 Sept. 2012
By Abundant1003 - Published on Amazon.com
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For collectors of antique art, this is a must. The book is huge and beautiful, and the artwork superb. These are glorious reproductions of paintings of the zodiac, solar system, and planets by Andreas Cellarius (1596-1665). The Plates show Cellarius' artwork in magnificent color and detail, and many show the work in close-up. An incredibly beautiful book and a rare treasure!
4.0 out of 5 stars Affordable translation of the very famous and popular 17th century astronomy hand book 14 Feb. 2013
By orczy - Published on Amazon.com
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Introduction and explaining text in english, german, and french of the original in latin, by Dutch specialist of the history of astronomy at the University of Utrecht. with facsimile of the many illustrations in the original. Quality of the prints is so so, but the price is very reasonable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply lovely 21 Jun. 2007
By John A. Blackwell - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 6 Mar. 2013
By d. atkinson - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantasticly beautiful and very informative. One could get lost for hours just looking at the color art plates. Get it !!
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 Amazon.com
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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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