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Atlas Coelestis, containing the Systems and Theoryes of the Planets, the Constellations of the Starrs, and other Phenomina's of the Heavens, with Nessesary Tables relateing thereto.
London: sold by J. Seller, [1677.], 8vo, Engraved title, 72 pp, 2 engraved portraits, 59 double page engraved plates, maps, celestial charts, including 7 double-page engraved tables and 31 double-page celestial star charts Contemporary mottled calf, spine repaired, morocco gilt title-piece. First Edition of the first celestial atlas printed in England. This is perhaps the largest collection of plates and maps in any copy known. If all the plates were counted individually the total would be Engraved title, 2 engraved portraits and 74 engraved plates and tables. John Seller is one of the most important figures in the early history of the map and chart-publishing trade in England. He was the first Englishman to try to establish an atlas-publishing business comparable with Continental firms, such as Blaeu,Jansson de Wit, Goos, Colom & Doncker. No other London publisher of his day offered the variety of stock that Seller sold. As well as this important miniature celestial atlas, he published two terrestrial atlases, a sea-atlas, several coasting pilots, as well as a large number of separately-issued charts. In addition, he also published a number of navigation handbooks, almanacs, pocket books, miniature sea-atlases, and made a variety of mathematical and navigational instruments and tools. This Atlas Coelestis follow the systems of Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho Brahe, with maps of the moon, planets, comets, tables of lunar phases, eclipses, and 31 engraved maps of constellations. All of the plates and tables, except for the title and portraits are counted as double-page of whic … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bruce Marshall Rare Books [Cheltenham, United Kingdom]
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