Antique 17th Century Celestial Map
Columba & Lepus Constellations
SCHILLER, Julius [d. 1627].
Constellatio XXXVIIa & XXXVIIb [Constellation XXXVIIa & XXXVIIb Columba & Lepus (Velleris Gedeonis - Gideon's Fleece)].
Coelum Stellatum Christianum, Augsburg: 1627.
9 1/2" x 12 1/4" (24.1 x 31.1 cm).
Original antique map - modern colour, heightened in gilt (margins foxed with few short tears).
Columba & Lepus are small constellations in the Southern celestial hemisphere. Columba is latin for Dove which is featured in the southern portion of this map flying with an olive leaf. In this antique celestial map Gideon's Fleece replaces the Columba & Lepus constellations.
Schiller's Coelum Stellatum Christianum [Augsburg: 1627] is "...an interesting and curious old work in which...numerous saints are enshrined among the stars. Biblical names are substituted instead of the so-called heathen ones, an idea obtained from early MSS. It is said that Judas or Julius Schiller revived the names given to the Zodiacal groups centuries before by the Venerable Bede, and completed the reformation with all the constellations...". (Brown)
Warner, The Sky Explored, pp. 229-232. Brown, Astronomical Atlases, pp. 31-32.