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16. Lubieniecki, Stanislaw. Theatrum cometicum. Amsterdam, 1666-68


The Theater of Comets is concerned with comets rather than stars, but it is nevertheless an important contribution to celestial cartography, because each of the many maps is actually a sectional star chart with a comet moving across it. What makes the work particularly interesting is that each comet observer in this anthology provided his own map, resulting in a mix of artistic styles. The artist of this plate has drawn his figures from the star globes of Willem Blaeu, and this is most evident in the figure of Cetus, who is shown as a large fish, rather than as Bayer's monster. For a detail of the gaping mouth of Cetus, showing the daily progress of the comet, click here.