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OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Treasures from the RAS Library

Published on Thursday, 08 December 2011 00:00


A plate from Cellarius's Harmonia Macrocosmia. (RAS Library)



Andreas Cellarius’s Harmonia Macrocosmica book of 1708 includes general maps of the constellations, this plate showing the southern skies. It also, unusually, includes a presentation of the redrawing of all the constellations as Christian saints and other images, as set out by Julius Schiller in his Coelum Stellatum Christianum of 1627.

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