Systema Ptolomei. The Figure of the World according to the System of Ptolomee who holds that the Earth is unmoveable in the Centre of ye World

Method Copper engraved
Artist Cluver, Philip
Published [Amsterdam, c.1700]
Dimensions 155 x 315 mm
Notes A scarce astronomical chart comparing various models of the Solar System from Philippi Cluverii's 'Introductio in universam geographiam...'. The largest model is that of the Classical geocentric system attributed to Ptolemy, with the planets shown as their alchemical symbols. Beyond the sphere of the zodiac are the fixed stars, the primum mobile, and finally the 'Place of the Blessed Souls.' The other half of the map contains another three models, all heliocentric, though with differing theories about the immoveability of sun, earth, and other planetary bodies, corresponding to the theories of Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, and finally Descartes. The latter, the Cartesian system, is given the most attention.

Condition: Vertical folds, as issued. Binders creases to left margin, not affecting map. Blank on verso.
Framing unmounted
Price £150.00
Stock ID 48393