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“PLANISPHAERIUM PTOLEMAICUM, Sive Machina ORBIUM MUNDI EX HYPOTHESI PTOLEMAICA IN PLANO DISPOSITA” represents the mechanism of the heavenly orbits following the hypothesis of Ptolemy laid out in a planar view. It is image #1 from the Harmonia Macrocosmica created by Andreas Cellarius (1596-1665), a cartographer and cosmographer in the Netherlands. The "Prostant Amstelaedami apud GERARDUM VALK et PETRUM SCHENK" inscription indicates that it is from the edition of 1708, and not the original edition of 1660.
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overall: 25 in x 28 in x 1/4 in; 63.5 cm x 71.12 cm x.635 cm
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