Auction 116, Lot 60

"Tabula Selenographica in qua Lunarium Macularum exacta Descriptio secundum Nomenclaturam Praestantissimorum Astronomorum tam Hevelii quam Riccioli", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Moon

Period: 1740 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis

Color: Hand Color

Size:
23 x 19 inches
58.4 x 48.3 cm

This is a fascinating double hemisphere map of the surface of the moon. Both spheres depict the visible side of the moon and are filled with topography, using place names following the nomenclature of Riccioli and Hevelius. Between the two spheres is a scheme of the phases of the moon while different lunar phases are represented in the four corners. The map is decorated at top with cherubs using a telescope and Diana, the lady of the moon. Text panels at bottom.

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Condition: D

Nice impression and original color. Scattered foxing with masking tape adhered to top margin. Margins are narrow, as issued, and there are two small chips into the border of the left margin. While sound, the map needs cleaning and repair.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/20/2006

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