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 with hand colour
Artist after Cluver, Philip
Published [London, c.1711]
Dimensions 155 x 315 mm
Notes A scarce astronomical chart comparing various models of the Solar System from an English edition of Philip Cluver's 'Introductio in universam geographiam...', likely the 1711 printing of Moll's Atlas Geographicus. 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.

Philipp Cluver (1580-1622) was born in Danzig and after studying at Leyden and Oxford, he became interested in modern and historical geography. His subsequent publications made a wide and influential contribution to knowledge of the subject. Philip Cluver's "Introductio" was a popular geography book, first published in 1624 without maps. There were many editions throughout the 17th and 18th centuries with maps from several sets of plates.

Herman Moll (c.1654-1732) was born in Germany and came to England in the 1670s. He worked as an independent cartographer and geographer, and traded as a map publisher and seller for two years, and then worked for other publishers. Moll established his own business and eventually dominated the early eighteenth century map trade. He produced many maps and atlases of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. His county maps were all boldly engraved in a heavy style. Moll was also an active member in academic and intellectual circles, being a close associate of Daniel Defoe, Robert Boyle, Robert Hooke, and, most importantly for his cartographic career, the pre-eminent English explorer of the era, William Dampier.

Condition: Vertical folds, as issued. Blank on verso.
Framing unmounted
Price £175.00
Stock ID 50601