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THOMAS, C. - Lepus.

THOMAS, C. -  Lepus.
Lepus. - THOMAS, C.
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Title : Lepus..
Map maker : THOMAS, C..
Date : Frankfurt & Leipzig, c.1730.
Size : 5.3 x 5.2 inches. / 13.5 x 13.3 cm.
Colouring : In attractive original colours.

Description :Uncommon celestial print of Lepus, published by C.Thomas in the Mercurii philosophici firmamentum firmianum descriptionem et usum globi artificialis coelestis.
Individual zodiac signs of this period are uncommon, especially in full colour.
Thomas (1694-1767), a German Benedictine monk, was professor of mathematics and later theology at the University of Salzburg.
According to Warner, the artistic style, choice of constellations, and method of star identification used by Thomas was influenced by Coronelli, geographer and cosmographer of the Venice republic.
Lepus, the Rabbit, is visible in the northern hemisphere in winter. It is located just below Orion and west of Canis Major and Minor.
The rabbit is being hunted by Orion and his two hunting dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor. Be careful not to confuse Lepus with another constellation Lupus, the wolf.
The mythology of Lepus is uncertain. It is, however, an ancient constellation known at least since the time of the Greeks.
Warner 251.
Condition : Dark impression. Some light water staining in lower right hand corner, just affecting printed area. Very fine.

ID: 09685

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