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1700 Cellarius Map of Asia, Europe and Africa according to Strabo

Veteris Orbis Climata ex Strabo - Main View

1700 Cellarius Map of Asia, Europe and Africa according to Strabo



Veteris Orbis Climata ex Strabo
  c. 1706 (undated)     8.5 x 12.5 in (21.59 x 31.75 cm)


A rare and beautifully engraved map of the old world divided into seven climatic zones according to the Ancient Greek geographer Strabo. Depicts Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. Surrounded by seven wind heads. At the northern polar caps is a wonderful allegorical vignette of the mythological wind god Aiolos whose floating prison island of Aiolia constrained the storm sprits Anemoi Thuellai and Aellai. HereAiolos is shows restraining the North Wind, depicted as a winged dog, with a chain. Cartographically this map corresponds with the late 17th century view of the world. Japan, Korea and Kamtschaka are absent and the Caspian Sea is drawn larger east-west than north-south.


Christoph Cellarius (1638 - 1707) or, more commonly, Christopher Keller was a German scholar, historian and textbook publisher working in the later part of the 17th century. Cellarius is known to have been born in Schmalkalden and to have held academic positions in both Weimar and Halle. C. Cellarius's most important contribution was his 1683 publication of A Universal History Divided into an Ancient, Medieval, and New Period. It was in this work that the concept of history as divisible into three distinct periods (Ancient History, Mediaeval History, and Modern History) was introduced. Likely Cellarius never understood the impact that his structured system of historical nomenclature would have on the way future historians would interpret the past. Christopher Cellarius should not be confused with the more widely known cosmographer Andreas Cellarius More by this mapmaker...


Notitia Orbis Antiqui sive Geographia Plenior, (1706 editon).    


Very good condition. Original centerfold. Paper added to left margin.