Imagines syderum coelestium

Single sheet, woodcut. Celestial planisphere showing the 48 Ptolemaic constellations, with Latin descriptive text below it.

The figures of the constellations in this chart are clearly influenced by Durer's woodcuts. Text is for the most part in Latin, and seven of the stars are labelled with their Islamic names. In the lines of text underneath the map, Apian urges people to study the stars further using his map.

Object Details

ID: G200:2/1
Collection: Charts and maps
Type: Celestial chart
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Apian, Peter
Places: Northern Hemisphere; Extraterrestrial Places
Date made: 1536
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Overall: 42 cm x 30 cm

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