Taschen/Librero is reprinting famous seventeenth-century atlas of the universe from the Special Collections of the Universiteit van Amsterdam
The German publishing company Taschen is now publishing a richly illustrated version of this atlas in a modern edition with an introduction by astronomer Rob van Gent. For this reprint, use has been made of the hand-coloured example from the Special Collections of the University Library in Amsterdam.
AuthorsUp until recently, all that was known about Andreas Cellarius, the original author of this work, was that he was the headmaster of the Latin School in Hoorn. As a result of research in various Dutch archives, it is now possible to give quite a detailed account of the life of the author, which is included in this revised edition.
Astronomer Rob van Gent, the author of the Taschen publication, is employed as Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research staff member at the URU-Explokart project of the Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Utrecht. He is working on a bibliography of historical maps of the universe published from 1500 to 1850 in the Low Lands.