schiller star chart large


Text title p93


Verso of  above star chart p94


CONSTELLATIO XXXV Transitus Israel [Parting of the Red Sea formerly Eridanus.]

Good Condition, RARE. Original copper engraving with original hand tinting. The brighter stars are elegantly highlighted in gold. On AM? watermarked laid paper.
Latin, Greek & German text on verso pertaining to plate /constellatio xxxvi  (see above)

Plate size 9 5/8 x 12 3/8”  (24.5 x 31.5 cm)         Ref: DB1/RLN/ a.ans > OVL                   PRICE CODE   D

Depicting the Milky Way and the constellations of:
Saint Anne                   Cetus
     Red Sea                        Eridanus
St. Joseph                     Orion
         Noah's Ark                  Argo Navis
         King David                  Canis Major
   Noah's Dove                Columb
Gideon's fleece             Lepus


Published in the magnificent rare celestial Atlas of Julius SCHILLER Coelum stellatum Christianum [second title: Coelum  Stellatum Christianum concavum]. Christian Starry Heavens Ad majorem Dei Omnipotentis, sanctaeque eius tam triumphantis, quàm militantis Ecclesiae gloriam obductis gentilium simulachris. . . Andreas Aperger, Augsburg,1627. Schiller’s great Christianised star atlas was a part of the Counter-Reformation attempt to de-paganise the heavens and substitute Judeo-Christian imagery believed to be conducive to piety. For example, The river Eridanus became The Red Sea,  and the twelve zodiacal signs became the twelve apostles. Schiller’s new system proved to be too radical a change to overcome traditional nonenclature however, but for astronomers, it contained merit.  Schiller’s maps are distinguished by a good graduation of stellar magnitudes, three new stars, and several newly discovered nebulae. “While some of these, seen through newly invented telescopes, have since proven to be ghosts, others proved true, the most interesting of these new objects is the great nebula in Andromeda, now known as M31” Warner.

For a complete description of the atlas vide: Warner,D. J. The Sky Explored: Julius Schiller p. 229
Thanks to:  Felice Stoppa, Atlas Coelestis Italy


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