During the Dutch Golden Age, the best cartographers succeeded in creating maps equally able to serve a useful function and please art lovers. Along the same lines, we at Paperblanks have always endeavoured to create products that are as useful as they are beautiful.
Evocative of an age when the heavens were alive with more than satellites, this cover design is a romantic’s delight. Frederik de Wit’s spectacular map of the heavens was published in the late 17th century and depicts the hemispheres with representations of the constellations and signs of the Zodiac.
SIZE: Width: 180mm, Height: 230mm
PAGE COUNT: 176 Pages
CLOSURE: No Closure
GSM (PAPER WEIGHT:100
Satin ribbon marker
Flexible cover and spine
Back cover pouch
FSC-certified text paper
Threaded stitching and glue, as needed
Acid-free sustainable forest paper
Decorative printed cover paper
For our Celestial Planisphere cover design we have reproduced a star chart created by Frederick de Wit, a prolific engraver and publisher of the time. His maps had a distinct decorative flair which made them very popular with the public. Populated with fantastical creatures representing the zodiac signs, De Wit’s colourful sky map is an object of great beauty, but its importance went beyond ?sthetic pleasures. In a time when seafarers and scientists depended on their ability to identify stars and their position in the sky, star charts were indispensable as navigational and scientific study tools. Also depicted on De Wit’s chart are six diagrams representing different conceptions of the universe, including the Copernican heliocentric theory that wasn’t widely accepted until much later.