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Title: Celestial Images: Antiquarian Astronomical ...
Publisher: Boston University Art Gallery
Publication Date: 2005
Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good
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"Celestial Images" celebrates the Golden Age of astronomical charts. Illustrations of cosmologies and heavenly phenomena entered an innovative phase at the time of the Renaissance, when the invention of printing improved the means of disseminating scientific knowledge and advances in astronomy revealed new information to be portrayed. This fortuitous conjunction engendered printed astronomical charts of surprising accuracy and delicate beauty. Assembled here from the Mendillo Collection of Antiquarian Astronomical Charts and Maps are over eighty examples of some of the finest celestial cartography created. There are star charts (maps of the constellations and the full celestial sphere), charts of planetary systems (cosmologies), and a smaller third category, charts of celestial phenomena (such as nebulae, comets, and eclipses). Together, they pay homage to the time when simple systems explained the universe and humankind held friendly commerce with the skies.About the Author:
Michael Mendillo is professor of astronomy at Boston University. The other contributors are Patricia M. Burnham, Deborah Jean Warner, and Samuel Y. Edgerton.
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