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THOMAS, C. - Cygnus.

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

Description :Uncommon celestial print of Cygnus, 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.. Individual zodiac signs of this period are uncommon, especially in full colour.

Cygnus, the Swan, can be seen in the northern hemisphere between June and October. The swan is one of two birds along with Aquila, the Eagle, which are hunted by Hercules. There are a number of possible mythological origins for this constellation. In one version, the swan is the musician Orpheus, who was killed by Achilles at the battle of troy. Upon his death, he was placed among the stars with his harp, Lyra. In another version, the swan was the pet of the Queen, Cassiopeia.

Condition : Dark impression. Some light water staining in lower right hand corner, just affecting printed area. Very fine.

ID: 09683

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