Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) was a German painter, engraver, printmaker, mathematician, and theorist from Nuremberg. His high-quality woodcuts (nowadays often called Meisterstiche or "master prints")... Constellations of the northern and southern skies, engraved by Albrecht Dürer and published in 1515 in Nuremberg, Germany...

Eduard Heis

Atlas Coelestis Novus

Eduard Heis (1806 – 1877) was a German mathematician and astronomer. Neuer Himmels-Atlas (Atlas Coelestis Novus), 1872

Gerardus Mercator

Celestial globe by Gerard Mercator, 1551

Gerardus Mercator (Gerhard Kremer, 1512 - 1594) was a cartographer, philosopher and mathematician. He was the first to use the term "atlas" for a collection of maps... His celestial globe (1551) is dedicated to the Prince- Bishop George of Austria, Bishop of Liège...


Hipparchus of Nicaea

Hipparchus of Nicaea (Ἵππαρχος, Hipparkhos; c. 190 – c. 120 BCE). Hipparchus is considered the greatest ancient astronomical observer and, by some, the greatest overall astronomer of antiquity.

Johann Bayer

Bayer, Uranometria Omnium Asterismorum

Johann Bayer (1572 – 1625) was a German lawyer and uranographer. Bayer is most famous for his star atlas Uranometria Omnium Asterismorum... Uranometria contained 51 star charts, engraved on copper plates by Alexander Mair...

Johann Elert Bode

Johann Elert Bode

Johann Elert Bode (1747 – 1826). Bode determined the orbit of Uranus and suggested the planet's name... He became director of the Berlin Observatory in 1786, from which he retired in 1825. There he published the Uranographia in 1801... Bode also published another small star atlas, intended for astronomical amateurs (Vorstellung der Gestirne)...

Johannes Hevelius

Johannes Hevelius

Johannes Hevelius (1611 – 1687). 
Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (dated 1687), an atlas of constellations, 56 sheets, corresponding to his catalog

John Bevis

Bevis, John, 1750, Uranographia Britannica

John Bevis (1695 – 1771) was an English doctor and astronomer. He is best known for discovering the Crab Nebula in 1731... star atlas : John Bevis's Uranographia Britannica


Claudius Ptolemaeus

Claudius Ptolemy (Κλαύδιος Πτολεμαῖος, Klaudios Ptolemaios, Claudius Ptolemaeus; c. AD 90 – c. 168) was a Greco-Egyptian writer of Alexandria, known as a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer, and poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology. The Almagest is the only surviving comprehensive ancient treatise on astronomy.

Urania’s Mirror

Urania’s Mirror

Urania’s Mirror is a boxed set of 32 constellation cards first published by Samuel Leigh of the Strand, London, in November 1824. Urania’s Mirror features 79 constellations, not all of them still recognized by astronomers, plus three sub-constellations...

Vincenzo Coronelli

Vincenzo Coronelli

Vincenzo Coronelli (1650 – 1718) was a Franciscan monk, cosmographer, cartographer, publisher... globes, measuring 384 cm in diameter and weighing approximately 2 tons, are displayed in the Bibliothèque nationale François Mitterrand in Paris... Globes manufactured for Parma’s Duke and for Louis XIV, which are unique for top quality...