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THOMAS, C. - Argo Navis

THOMAS, C. -  Argo Navis
Argo Navis - THOMAS, C.
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Title : Argo Navis.
Map maker : THOMAS, C..
Date : Frankfurt & Leipzig, 1730.
Size : 5.2 x 7.9 inches. / 13.3 x 20.1 cm.
Colouring : In attractive original colours.

Description :Uncommon celestial print of Argo Navis, 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.

Argo Navis, the ship sailed by Jason and the Argonauts as they searched for the golden fleece. The stars in Carina represent the keel of the ship. Argo Navis was eventually split into 4 parts by the International Astronomical Union: Carina (the keel), Vela (the sails), Puppis (the stern), and Pyxis (the compass). Carina is the location of Canopis, the second brightest star in the sky.
Poggendorff, II, p. 1096: Warner, p. 251.
Condition : Dark impression. Some light water staining in lower right hand corner, just affecting printed area. Very fine.

ID: 09686

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