1683 Copernicus Universe early print

1683 Copernicus Universe early print

C028/9893 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 60.2MB

Downloadable file size: 7.8MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator

This image is part of the feature B B C


Caption: A first edition print with later hand colouring of the Universe as propounded by Copernicus in 1543, authored and illustrated by Alain Manesson Mallet in his book "Description de L'Universe" of 1683. The image remained controversial even by that time. The Copernican revolution was long seen as heretical by the Catholic church resulting in a decree against Copernicanism in 1616. In 1633 Gallileo Galilei was convicted of grave suspicion of heresy for "following the position of Copernicus, which is contrary to the true sense and authority of the scripture". He spent the rest of his life under house arrest. There was a general prohibition of books defending heliocentrism issued by the Catholic church until it was dropped in 1758. Copernicus's and Galileo's books were banned by the Catholic Church to the 19th century.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1500s, 16th century, 17th century, centre, church, color, colour, conflict, copernican, copernicus, earth, galilei, galileo, heliocentric, heresy, mallet, old, orbit, original, planets, print, science, solar system, sun, universe

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.