Antique 17th Century Celestial Map
Canis Minor Constellation
SCHILLER, Julius [d. 1627].
Constellatio XXXIX [Constellation XXXIX Canis Minor (Agni Paschalis - Paschal Lamb)].
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).
Canis Minor is small constellation in the northern celestial hemisphere. In this antique celestial map Paschal lamb replaces the Canis Minor constellation.
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.