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Celestial table globe, detail of Scorpio & Sagittarius
Astronomical details on the sphere show a labelled magnitude table to the left of Auriga. The Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds are labelled, and there are labels for the nova in Cassiopeia, Cygnus and Ophiuchus. There are also labels for comets with dates in seven constellations. A total of six stars and four star groups are named. The forty-eight Ptolemaic constellations and four of the non-Ptolemaic constellations are drawn. Eight southern constellations are drawn as well as those of Plancius.
The constellations are drawn in a style which differs from the then popular Saenredam style, first introduced on Blaeu's 340 mm celestial globe of 1598-1599. Habrecht appears to have copied a number of non-Ptolemaic constellations from one of the globes of van den Keere and Plancius, where, for the first time, a group of new constellations were depicted. As Habrecht's globe is, so far, the oldest known source with the constellation Rhombus, he is credited with its discovery.
Isaac Habrecht II
Original size: Overall: 290 x 310 mm; Sphere diameter: 204 mm
- Image reference: L4571
- Caird (formerly Landau) Collection, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London