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Auction 101, Lot 68

"Corona Australis", Thomas, Corbinianus

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1730-31 (published)

Publication: Mercurii philosophici firmamentum firmianum

Color: Hand Color

5 x 4.5 inches
12.7 x 11.4 cm

Miniature celestial map focusing on the Southern Crown. This tiny constellation has been recognized over the centuries by many cultures and has been known by an equal number of different names. It has been called the Southern Wreath by the Greeks. The Romans knew it as the Golden Crown of Sagittarius, as the Little Crown, the Southern Coil, and the Crown of Eternal Life. The Arabs have called it the Tortoise, the Woman's Tent, the Ostrich's Nest, and the Dish. And the Chinese also called it the Tortoise, or Pee.


Condition: A

Light damp stain in bottom margin.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $150

Closed on 12/4/2002