Harmonia Macrocosmica, facsimile with commentary

by Andreas Cellarius

Exclusive and complete facsimile with introduction and description of each map


Date of publication of original atlas: 1660

Date of publication of this facsimile: 2006

Introduction: Robert van Gent

Hardback with 240 pages; superb color illustrations

Text: all texts are in English, French and German

Dimensions: 48,9 x 29,9 x 2,7 cm

Condition rating: A+

Weight: 2,7 kg

Publisher: Taschen BmbH

Due to its volume and weight, the standard shipping prices (see below) do not apply:

  • Shipping costs EU: 50 euro
  • Shipping costs Worldwide: 80 euro



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The divine sky

History’s most beautiful celestial atlas. This collection of celestial maps by Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (c. 1596 – 1665) of German origin brings back to life a masterpiece from the Golden Age of celestial cartography. First published in 1660 in the Harmonia Macrocosmica , the complete 29 double-folio maps and dozens of unusual details reproduced here depict the world systems of Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe, the motions of the sun, the moon, and the planets, and the delineation of the constellations in various views. Cellarius’ atlas, superbly embellished with richly decorated borders depicting cherubs, astronomers, and astronomical instruments, features some of the most spectacular illustration in the history of astronomy.

This reprint

This reprint includes a copiously illustrated introduction by Robert van Gent, one of the leading Cellarius experts, summarizing the history of celestial cartography from antiquity to late 17th/early 18th century and illuminating the life and work of Andreas Cellarius. Van Gent also discusses the historical and cultural context and significance of the atlas and provides detailed descriptions of the astronomical and iconographical content of the plates, allowing modern readers to fully appreciate the masterwork of Andreas Cellarius and his publisher, Johannes Janssonius. The book’s detailed appendix includes a list of constellation figures with short descriptions of their origin and mythology, a list of star names found on the plates, a glossary of technical words, and a bibliography. Cellarius’ exquisite renditions of the constellations will excite the astronomer in anyone.

We also sell the original map 13 of this atlas. 


  • Introductionto the celestial atlas
  • The frontispiece
  • 29 maps with splendid color illustrations and sections: 1) Overview and brief history of the constellations; 2) The star names in the Harmonia Macrocosmica; 3) Glossary: altitude to zodiac
  • Andreas Cellarius
  • Selected biography

All texts are in English, French and German.

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