'Harmonia Macrocosmica', Andreas Cellarius

'Harmonia Macrocosmica', Andreas Cellarius

Andreas Cellarius (1596-1665)
'Harmonia Macrocosmica'
1661
Engraving on paper, coloured by hand
Published by Johannes Jansson, Amsterdam
NAL pressmark 100.C.2

The southern hemisphere constellations were first published in 1598 by mapmaker Petrus Plancius. Taking advantage of Dutch trading in the East Indies, Plancius had asked navigator Pieter Keyser to chart the stars during a 1595 voyage. Previously, European star charts had showed only the stars visible to Ptolemy and the ancient Greeks.