John Seller was hydrographer to Charles II and James II and produced a prolific output of maps, charts and geographical and nautical publications, being granted a monopoly for the former for thirty years. This work contains fifty-five plates all of which are brightly hand-coloured in this copy. The plates shown here portray the sun, the moon, and various comets. Others include diagrams of the constellations of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, and the cosmological models of Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho Brahe, and plates of the planets.
Gift of Peter Gunning.