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12a. Continuation of Julius Schiller, Coelum stellatum Christianum. Augsburg, 1627.

If we compare a detail of the Schiller's Andrew plate (left) with the corresponding section of Bayer's Taurus plate (right), we can see that Schiller was rather clever in his redesign work;

the Hyades, which so nicely outline the face of the Bull in Bayer, seem equally appropriate in forming the V-shape of Andrews cross. We also notice another noteworthy feature of Schiller's atlas: the stars on the plates are in mirror-image positions from those in Bayer. Schiller preferred to show the stars as if they were placed on a globe, that is, from the outside, rather than as viewed from the earth.

A final point that seems to have been escaped historical notice concerns the engraving style used for Schiller's plates. The engraver, Lucas Kilian, was quite a distinguished artist, and he utilized for this atlas a brand new technique, invented shortly before in Italy, in which shading was produced by swelling the engraved line. For a detail illustrating this technique, click here.