Popular Astronomy

History, Artistry, and Cartography


Explore the beauty and awe of the heavens through the rich celestial prints and star atlases offered in this third edition book. The author traces the development of celestial cartography from ancient to modern times, describes the relationships between different star maps and atlases, and relates these notions to our changing ideas about humanity’s place in the universe. Also covered in this book are more contemporary cosmological ideas, constellation representations, and cartographic advances.

The text is enriched with 197 images (111 in color) from actual, antiquarian celestial books and atlases, each one with an explanation of unique astronomical and cartographic features. This never-before available hardcover edition includes two new chapters on celestial pictorial maps and celestial images in art, as well as over 25 new images, 20 of which are in color. The color plates are now incorporated into the text, providing readers with a vibrant, immersive look into the history of star maps.