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A cosmological plan detailing Copernicus' astronomical vision, surrounded by diagrams of the systems of Ptolemy and Tycho Brahe ; astronomical figures line the circle. Line engraving by J.A. Fridrich after J.M. Füssli, 1732.

  • Füssli, Johann Melchior, 1677-1736
Date
1732
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15962i
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Credit: A cosmological plan detailing Copernicus' astronomical vision, surrounded by diagrams of the systems of Ptolemy and Tycho Brahe ; astronomical figures line the circle. Line engraving by J.A. Fridrich after J.M. Füssli, 1732. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark

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The seven figures in the print are explained by Scheuchzer on p. 4 of volume 1 of 'Physique sacrée': I. The Ptolemaic system. II. Tycho Brahe's system. III. The system between that of Tycho Brahe and Copernicus. IV. The Copernican system. V. The large central image shows the proportions of the Copernican system. The scale at the bottom measures the distance between our solar system and Sirius as 48.2 times the diameter of the central circle, whose scale is also marked out above the lower scale. VI. The circles, lines and points that divide the Ptolemaic system. VII. Those that divide the Copernican system. Behind these seven figures, among the billowing clouds, other solar systems can be seen; at the top of the print, the sacred tetragrammaton, inside a Trinitarian triangle, points down towards the Creation

Publication/Creation

[Amsterdam] : P. Schenk & P. Mortier, 1732.

Physical description

1 print : line engraving ; image 28.1 x 38 cm

Lettering

Genesis Cap. 1 v. 1. Creatio universi. 1. Buch Moses Cap. 1. v. 1. Erschaffung der ganzen Welt.

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The Latin names of astrological figures, planets and orbits are scattered around the print

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 15962i

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  • Latin
  • German


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