Old Chart of Lunar Phases, 1661 by Cellarius - Moon Cycles, Early Planetary Motion Education
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An exceptionally superb celestial chart showing the phases of the Moon, originally published in 1661 in Andreas Cellarius' "Harmonia Macrocosmica seu Atlas Universalis et Novus", which is often considered the greatest celestial atlas ever created.
The explanation of the Moon's phases is beautifully illustrated by the beautiful golden rays of sun that streak across the page. The bottom left shows each day of the lunar cycle in detail from full, to crescent, to new - and the bottom right educates the reader on how the Moon is always illuminated by the Sun, it just depends on Earth's viewpoint at the time.
As you can see, even in the 1660s, there were still competing theories on whether the Earth rotated around the Sun or vice versa. Here you can see the Tychonic system, devised by Tycho Brahe in the 16th century.
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (31x41cm), 18x24 inches (45.5x61cm), and 24x30 inches (61x76cm), but it looks even better when printed large.
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90 inches (228cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (51x40.5cm) version of this chart.
Please note, the unframed 24x30 inch map has white edges around the chart. These edges can help you with framing, or if you don’t need them, they are very easy to snip off with scissors. All other maps, including the framed maps, look exactly like the listing images.
If you’re looking for something slightly different, another option would be this amazing solar eclipse chart by John Wright in 1737.
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone who has a keen interest in the moon or someone who keeps an eye out for the moon phases.
This chart is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.
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Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.