Auction 110, Lot 56

"[Set of 6] Globi Coelestis in Tabulas Planas Redacti Pars I, II, III, IV, V, VI", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1742 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23.4 x 19.7 inches
59.4 x 50 cm

Matched set of large charts each depicting a part of the sky on a gnomonic projection with 'the fixed stars for the end of the year of Christ 1730 according to the rules of arithmetic and geometry.' The constellations are shown as figures according to classical mythology and the zodiac as derived from Hevelius. The more recently named constellations are shown as scientific instruments. The paths of several comets are traced following a pattern established by Pardies.

Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr and Johann Baptist Homann were frequent collaborators in producing celestial and astronomical charts for atlases. The publishing history of these charts is complex, as Doppelmayr & Homann published numerous works together. The charts were probably engraved in the 1720's. However, they were only bound into complete sets in the two major compilations of Dopplemayr’s works published by Homann Heirs; Atlas Coelestis in quo Mundus Spectabilis... in 1742, and the revised edition Atlas Novus Coelestis... in 1748. It is very unusual to have the complete set offered.

References: Warner p. 66, #1E -1J.

Condition: A

Crisp and clean with original color in text panels and lovely later color of the constellations. Narrow margins on one chart and a few printer's creases, overall very good to fine.

Estimate: $7,000 - $8,000


Closed on 3/2/2005