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1742 Homann Celestial Chart

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"Systema Solare et Planetarium..."

Published by Johann Baptist Homann, 1742

Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016

This superb reproduction of "Systema Solare et Planetarium..." was first published by cartographer Johann Homann in 1742, based on the work of prominent astronomer Johann Doppelmayr. Homann and Doppelmayr were frequent collaborators, producing celestial and astronomical charts for atlases published by Homann and issued under various titles. This work is thought to originally come from Atlas Coelestis in quo Mundus Spectabilis.

The chart shows the motion of the planets according to the Copernican model, with its dimensions according to the Cosmotheoros of Christiaan Huygens.

The planetary diagram is shown in the context of the solar eclipse of May 12, 1706 across Europe and northern Asia. In the center, planetary paths from earth and inner planets to Jupiter and Saturn are shown in a sunburst

Allegorical zodiac figures encircle the diagram of the solar system and constellations, which is then surrounded by richly engraved Baroque scenes of the sun, stars, planets, cherubs, and astronomical instruments.

We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.