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John Seller
"Zodiacus Stellatus" [Zodiac]
From: Atlas Maritimus
London, 1675
Slaughter 317

Extracted from a disbound copy of Seller's Atlas Maritimus, this is the first printed "zodiac," which represents the ribbon of constellations immediately overhead in the night sky. Because of their regularity and familiarity, these constellations were used as location aids in early ocean navigation.

Today they continue to be familiar as figures in astrologers' monthly columns.

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