Very rare and early woodcut of the celestial spheres by Konrad von Megenberg. From the incunable Buch der Natur or Book of Nature printed by Anton Sorg in Augsburg in 1482.
This full-page woodcut from the 15th century shows the medieval conception of the heavenly spheres according to Aristotle's cosmology. At the bottom is the earth, then a layer with fire, the lightest Aristotelian element. Above are bands for the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The Moon and the Sun are illustrated, while the planets are shown as stars. Above the layers of fixed stars and the angels in heaven.
Manuscript notes and underlining by a contemporary hand on both sides. The individual spheres are inscribed.
|Cartographer||Konrad von Megenberg|
|Title||Von den Himeln und von den Planeten|
|Publisher, Year||Anton Sorg, Augsburg, 1482|
|Plate Size||19.0 x 12.4 cm (7.5 x 4.9 inches)|
|Sheet Size||27.7 x 18.5 cm (10.9 x 7.3 inches)|
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