Antique 17th Century Celestial Map
Crater & Corvus Constellations
SCHILLER, Julius [d. 1627].
Constellatio XLII & XLIII [Constellation XLII & XLIII Crater & Corvus (Sancta Arcae Foederis - the Arc of Covenant]
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 & vertical crease).
Crater & Corvus are small constellations in the Southern celestial hemisphere. In this antique celestial map Sancta Arcae Foederis - the Arc of Covenant replaces the Crater & Corvus 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.