Auction 101, Lot 71

"Systema Solare et Planetarium ex hypothesi Copernicana secundum elegantissimas Illustrissimi quondam Hugenii deductiones novissime collectum & exhibitum", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1742 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.4 x 19.3 inches
56.9 x 49 cm

Superb celestial chart showing the motion of the planets according to the Copernican model. Allegorical zodiac figures encircle the diagram, which is then surrounded by richly engraved scenes of the sun, stars, planets, putti, and astronomical instruments. At bottom left is a solar eclipse projected onto a terrestrial map on a polar projection that includes the Island of California. Opposite is a beautiful engraving showing the comparison of the Copernican and Brahe models of the solar system and a lunar eclipse.

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Condition: B

Couple of small stains and some soil from old creases. Expert repair of a few minor marginal tears and paper replaced in two corners, well away from image.

Estimate: $900 - $1,000

Sold for: $650

Closed on 12/4/2002

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