Auction 121, Lot 56

"Planisphaerium Coeleste", Schenk, Pieter

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1756 (published)


Color: Hand Color

22 x 19 inches
55.9 x 48.3 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. This is the edition published by R. And J. Ottens.

References: Warner p. 222.

Condition: A

Fine, sharp impression and lovely color. The top margin has some professionally repaired tears that just touch the neatline.

Estimate: $1,700 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 9/26/2007