CELLARIUS, Andreas (fl.1656-1702). Harmonia Macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus. Amsterdam: J. Jansson, 1661.
2° (511 x 330mm). Hand-coloured engraved allegorical frontispiece, letterpress title with woodcut printer's device, 29 hand-coloured double-page engraved celestial charts, some heightened with gold, all on guards. (Plate 17 torn and lacking half of the engraving, plate 23 with some margins strengthened and some losses, some plates with repaired tears occasionally reaching into the engraving, some plates with light wear and small losses near the crease, some plates lightly browned, text with some repaired marginal tears and some marginal soiling and staining.) Publisher’s original vellum panelled in gilt, the sides centred with a large arabesque, gilt corner tools, flat spine gilt in compartments, gilt edges, spine titled in manuscript in a later hand (endpapers and ties renewed, vellum with some staining, some wear to spine head). Provenance: Carl Gottfried, Sonderherr von ?Bosenoff (the gift of his father with a title inscription dated December 1683 presenting the book) – Johann, King of Saxony (1801-1873; title stamp) – Dresden Central Art Library (stamps).
KING JOHANN OF SAXONY’S COPY OF ONE OF THE FINEST CELESTIAL ATLASES EVER PUBLISHED. It is the only celestial atlas published in the Netherlands, and one of the highlights from the golden age of Dutch cartography. The 29 double-page maps, with contemporary hand-colouring and touches of gold, depict the planetary systems of Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Brahe, the motions of the sun, the moon, and the planets, and delineates the constellations in the form of classical and biblical figures, animals and instruments. This 1661 edition is a variant of the first edition of 1660, identical except for the change of date on the title. Koeman IV, Cel I & 2; cf. Brown Astronomical Atlases, pp. 40-41.