THE STAR CHARTS of Reiner Ottens (1698–1750) were intended first and foremost as a feast for the eye and had no pretensions to scientific precision or the presentation of the most recent cartographic information. The constellations on this chart are elaborately represented by figures from classical antiquity. This atlas is a seven-volume compendium of assembled-to-order star charts and geographical maps.
Reiner Ottens. Atlas maior cvm generales omnivm totius orbis regnorvm. . . . Amsterdam: 1729. Hand-colored engraving. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress