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Theoria Solis per eccentricum sine epicyclo.
Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1660. First edition. Original colour with additions. 435 x 510mm. A chart illustrating the apparent motions of the sun without using the Ptolemaic theory of epicycles. It has decorative borders featuring winged putti and two smaller astronomical diagrams. This chart was engraved by Jan van Loon and published in the 'Atlas Coelestis; seu Harmonia Macrocosmica', the only celestial atlas to be produced in the Netherlands before the nineteenth century. It was a compilation of maps of the Ptolemaic universe and the more modern theories of Copernicus and Brahe, and remains the finest and most highly decorative celestial atlas ever produced. This example is from the first edition of the atlas; in 1661 a plate number was added bottom right. KOEMAN: Cel 1. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Altea Antique Maps [London, United Kingdom]
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