Celestial maps illustrate the heavens and night sky. Often the figures of the zodiac and mythical beings are emphasised. The night sky has fascinated mankind for thousands of years and celestial maps are some of the earliest types of maps that have been found. For example, The oldest star chart known may be a carved ivory Mammoth tusk that was discovered in Germany in 1979. This is 32,500 years old and has a carving that resembles the constellation Orion. A drawing on the wall of the Lascaux caves in France shows the Pleiades stars. This is dated from 33,000 to 10,000 years ago. The best original antique celestial maps tend to be the most elaborate and oldest. The best are extremely rare and expensive.
Our fine art prints of old celestial maps are affordable and are based some of the best ever made.
We make them with superb pigmented inks and heavyweight 300gsm German fine art paper made from 100% cotton and spring water.