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The Hemisphere of the 'Old World', depicting Climatic Zones, Meridian Circles, and the Dwelling Places of Various Peoples] Hemisphærium Orbis Antiqui, cum Zonis, Circulis, et Situ Populorum Diverso
G. Valk & P. Schenk, [Amsterdam 1708 - One of the finest and most highly decorative celestial charts ever produced, from the Valk & Schenk edition of Cellarius This beautiful chart is from the Harmonia Macrocosmica seu Atlas Universalis et Novus (Harmonious Universe or New and Universal Atlas) by Andreas Cellarius, the finest celestial atlas ever produced. It depicts the entire eastern terrestrial hemisphere, from a cosmic perspective, showing the various climate zones and population centres of the 'Old World'. The image is bordered by a field of richly-coloured auricular swirls, a stunning and unique product of the Dutch renaisssance in the decorative arts. The present image was engraved in 1660 by Jan Janssonius, during the great era of Dutch map-making, a period that saw the perfection of the art of representing scientific ideas in graphic form using engraving. It was reprinted by Janssonius in 1661, and again in 1708 by Gerard Valk and Petrus Schenk, who added their names to the plates. Andreas Cellarius was born in about 1596 in Neuhausen, a small town near Worms in the Rhine-Hesse region of Germany. From 1625 to 1637 Cellarius worked as a schoolmaster in Amsterdam and The Hague, and in 1637 moved to Hoorn, where he was appointed as headmaster or rector of the Latin School. He published a number of works during his lifetime, but the last and greatest was the Harmonia Macrocosmica. Cellarius resigned from his post as headmaster in early 1665 and died in Hoorn in November of the same year. Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici , Cel. 3. Copper-engraved celestial chart, with full original colour.
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