Catalog Archive

Auction 115, Lot 68

"Planisphærium Coeleste: Secundum Restitutionem Hevelianam et Hallejanam", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22 x 19.3 inches
55.9 x 49 cm

Magnificent double hemisphere celestial chart showing the northern and southern sky with constellations in allegorical form derived from Hevelius. A diagram in the upper left corner represents day and night on the earth with quotations from Genesis. The diagram at upper right shows the monthly orbit and illumination of the moon. The five diagrams along the bottom represent the monthly orbit and illumination of the moon, and the planetary hypothesis of Tycho Brahe, Copernicus, Ptolemy, and the annual orbit of the sun and the seasons. There is no engraver's imprint.

References: cf Warner, p. 245 #1.

Condition: A

Original color. Couple of very minor light spots in map and some soil in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 6/21/2006