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Category >>   Celestial Cartography -- History & Artistry
   Explore the rich beauty of celestial cartography through the millenia with these wonderful books.
The Sky Atlas - The Greatest Maps, Myths, and Discoveries of the Universe   The Sky Atlas -- Available for Pre-Order
The Greatest Maps, Myths, and Discoveries of the Universe

by Edward Brooke-Hitching
256 pages, October 2019 (UK) / February 2020 (US)

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Description: The Sky Atlas unveils some of the most beautiful maps and charts ever created during humankind's quest to map the skies above us.

This richly illustrated treasury showcases the finest examples of celestial cartography -- a glorious genre of map-making often overlooked by modern map books -- as well as medieval manuscripts, masterpiece paintings, ancient star catalogues, antique instruments and other appealing curiosities.

This is the sky as it has never been presented before: the realm of stars and planets, but also of gods, devils, weather wizards, flying sailors, medieval aliens, mythological animals and rampaging spirits. The reader is taken on a tour of star-obsessed cultures around the world, learning about Tibetan sky burials, star-covered Inuit dancing coats, Mongolian astral prophets and Sir William Herschel's 1781 discovery of Uranus, the first planet to be found since antiquity. Even stranger are the forgotten stories from European history, like the English belief of the Middle Ages in ships that sailed a sea above the clouds, 16th-century German UFO sightings and the Edwardian aristocrat who mistakenly mapped alien-made canals on the surface of Mars.

As the intricacies of our universe are today being revealed with unprecedented clarity, there has never been a better time for a highly readable book as beautiful as the night sky to contextualise the scale of these achievements for the general reader.

About the Author:
Edward Brooke-Hitching is a writer for the popular BBC TV show QI, and the author of the non-fiction bestsellers The Golden Atlas (shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Writing Award), The Phantom Atlas, and Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports. His writing has featured in the Guardian, the Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Literary Review, the Spectator, the Economist, the Washington Post and others. An elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he lives in a dusty heap of old maps and books in London.

Star Maps by Nick Kanas   Star Maps
History, Artistry, and Cartography

by Nick Kanas
540 pages, 3rd Edition, August 2019
Level: All

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Description: Explore the beauty and awe of the heavens through the rich celestial prints and star atlases offered in this third edition book. The author traces the development of celestial cartography from ancient to modern times, describes the relationships between different star maps and atlases, and relates these notions to our changing ideas about humanity's place in the universe. Also covered in this book are more contemporary cosmological ideas, constellation representations, and cartographic advances.

The text is enriched with 226 images (141 in color) from actual, antiquarian celestial books and atlases, each one with an explanation of unique astronomical and cartographic features. This never-before-available hardcover edition includes two new chapters on pictorial style maps and celestial images in art, as well over 50 new images. Additionally, the color plates are now incorporated directly into the text, providing readers with a vibrant, immersive look into the history of star maps.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: (1st Ed.) Star Maps is perhaps the most comprehensive book on astronomical cartography to be published in the last 50 years. It is an inch-thick mass of well-illustrated information and is worth its weight in gold just for the mini-biographies of astronomers spanning three millenia and four continents. Its content belies its very modest price. Star Maps will likely become the standard reference on astronomical cartography for many years to come. more»

Constellations -- The Story of Space Told Through the 88 Known Star Patterns in the Night Sky by Govert Schilling   Constellations
The Story of Space Told Through the 88 Known Star Patterns in the Night Sky

by Govert Schilling and Wil Tirion (cartographer)
224 pages, June 2019
Level: All

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Description:Perfect for stargazers and armchair astronomers of all ages, Constellations is a beautifully illustrated, fascinating guide to all 88 constellations, including an illustrated star map for each. In Constellations, award-winning Astronomy writer Govert Schilling takes us on an unprecedented visual tour of all 88 constellations in our night sky. Much more than just a stargazer's guide, Constellations is complete history of Astronomy as told by Schilling through the lens of each constellation.

The book is organized alphabetically by constellation. Profiles of each constellation include basic information such as size, visibility, and number of stars, as well as information on the discovery and naming of the constellation and associated lore. Beyond details about the constellation itself is information about every astronomical event that took place or discovery made in the vicinity of the constellation. In the constellation of Cygnus (the Swan) we encounter the location of the first confirmed black hole. A stop at Gemini (the Twins) is a chance to say hello to the dwarf planet Pluto, and in Orion (the hunter) we find the location of the first identified gamma-ray burst.

Stunning star maps throughout the book by acclaimed star mapmaker Wil Tirion show us the exact location of every constellation, the details of its structure, as well as its surrounding astronomical neighbors.

About the Authors:
Govert Schilling is an award-winning astronomy writer whose work has appeared in New Scientist, Science, BBC Sky at Night Magazine. He is a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope and author of Deep Space: Beyond the Solar System to the Edge of the Universe and the Beginning of Time. He lives in the Netherlands.
Wil Tirion is an award-winning astro-cartographer (uranographer). His work has appeared in dozens of atlases, books, and magazines. He lives in the Netherlands.

Celestial Atlas -- A Journey in the Sky Through Maps by Elena Percivaldi   Celestial Atlas
A Journey in the Sky Through Maps

by Elena Percivaldi
208 pages, 1st Edition, January 2019
Level: All

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Description: Since the time of the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians, the observation, study and representation of the night sky has been a challenge for humans, who have always found themselves both astonished at the sight of the vault of the sky illuminated by the stars, and eager to gain scientific knowledge and understanding of what they are observing.

This volume, with splendid illustrations of the most famous, rare and impressive star atlases ever realized from the 16th century to the 19th century, will lead you on a journey among the constellations and will introduce you to the progress made by the great astronomers of the past, the more or less fantastic interpretations of celestial phenomena, and the evolution of the knowledge of the universe gained by those who made the study of the cosmos the very purpose of their lives. You will discover how in many cases art and scientific knowledge merged in such an exceptional manner, resulting in star maps that are true masterpieces of human genius that even now, centuries after their creation, transmit the extraordinary meaning and message that lie at the basis of their conception.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: Beautiful Star Maps. I am an amateur astronomer and love antique star charts. This book is 205 pages worth of beautiful antique star maps. It is also a historical account of the origins of sky maps from 1540 to 1833. This book is great for astronomers, historians, and anyone who loves art. more»

Illustrating the Phaenomena by Elly Dekker   Illustrating the Phaenomena
Celestial Cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

by Elly Dekker
480 pages | 170 b/w illustrations, 16pp color plates, 1st Ed., October 2012
Level: Advanced

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Description: The introduction of the moving sphere as a model for understanding the celestial phenomena caused a great breakthrough in scientific thinking about the structure of the world. It provided the momentum for making celestial globes and mapping the stars. Celestial globes were produced first by Greek astronomers, and soon became greatly appreciated in antiquity as decorative objects (3 antique globes). The design and construction of the globe varied greatly as it passed through the Arabic (10 scientific globes made before 1500) and Medieval European cultures (3 scientific globes made before 1500). It was the starting-point for the design of many maps in antiquity and later in the Middle Ages (33) serving to illustrate books such as Aratus's Phaenomena. In the early fifteenth century scientific celestial maps (5) were constructed in their own right, independent of globes.

In this book all extant celestial maps and globes made before 1500 are described and analysed in detail. This prestigious study will appeal to academic historians of science and astronomy, and art historians alike.

Reviewer's Comment: "Behold! An astonishingly thorough account of how observers from ancient Greece to fifteenth-century Vienna and Nuremberg envisioned the star patterns. It is hard to imagine that any celestial globe or manuscript from this period has escaped Elly Dekker's meticulous sleuthing and analysis. The result is this admirable and beautifully illustrated tour de force of scholarship." -- Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Andreas Cellarius, Harmonia Macrocosmica   Andreas Cellarius, Harmonia Macrocosmica
by Robert van Gent
240 pages, September 2006
Size: 32 x 53 cm (12.6 x 20.9 in.)
Level: All

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Description: This collection of celestial atlases by Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (c. 1596-1665) brings back to life a masterpiece from the Golden Age of celestial cartography. First published in 1660 in Harmonia Macrocosmica, the complete 29 double-folio maps and dozens of unusual details reproduced here depict the world systems of Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolas Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe, the motions of the sun, the moon, and the planets, and the delineation of the constellations in various views. Cellarius's atlas, superbly embellished with richly decorated borders depicting cherubs, astronomers, and astronomical instruments, features some of the most spectacular illustration in the history of astronomy.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: The Harmonia Macrocosmia is a lavish oversized book of 17th century celstial maps that are reproduced with stunning clarity and brilliance. This volume should appeal easily to anyone with an interest in astronomy, art or fine books. more»

The Mapping of the Heavens by Peter Whitfield   The Mapping of the Heavens
by Peter Whitfield
134 pages, September 1995
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Description: Throughout history people have sought ways in which to "map" the heavens, often in the form of very beautiful documents. In this highly illustrated book, the author reveals some of the ways in which the structure of the universe has been conceived, explained and depicted. With examples ranging from the Stone Age to the Space Age -- ancient observatories, the angelic visions of Dante, images from Copernican revolution, the rationalized heavens of Newton and Flamsteed, through to modern deep space technology -- the book offers a challenging exploration of the tension between rigorous scientific knowledge and the continuing search for cause, certainty and harmony in the universe.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: Beautiful Imagery. I stumbled on this book at my local library and after just a few short pages, I knew I had to get it to keep. The images are lovely and the text is quite informative. more»

Solar System Maps by Nick Kanas   Solar System Maps
From Antiquity to the Space Age

by Nick Kanas
364 pages, September 2013
Level: All

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Description: In recent years, there has been increased interest in our Solar System. This has been prompted by the launching of giant orbiting telescopes and space probes, the discovery of new planetary moons and heavenly bodies that orbit the Sun, and the demotion of Pluto as a planet. In one generation, our place in the heavens has been challenged, but this is not unusual. Throughout history, there have been a number of such world views. Initially, Earth was seen as the center of the universe and surrounded by orbiting planets and stars. Then the Sun became the center of the cosmos. Finally, there was no center, just a vast array of galaxies with individual stars, some with their own retinue of planets. This allowed our Solar System to be differentiated from deep-sky objects, but it didn't lose its mystery as more and more remarkable bodies were discovered within its boundaries.

This book tells the exciting story of how we have conceptualized and mapped our Solar System from antiquity to modern times. In addition to the complete text, this story is made more vivid by:

  • 162 Solar System and planetary maps, diagrams, and images (over a third in color);
  • direct quotes and figures from antiquarian, contemporary, and Space Age documents and photographs that allow the reader to track how humans have viewed the Solar System from original sources;
  • nine tables that compare the various world views, relative planetary positions, and components of the Solar System with each other.

  • Broad in scope and rich in imagery, this book will draw the reader into the story of our Solar System and how it has been mapped since the beginning of recorded time.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: The book very effectively linked the history of astronomy and cosmology to the art of graphics and communication. A much appreciated work. more»

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