Auction 122, Lot 64

"Etoilles Nouvelles", Mallet, Alain Manesson

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1683 (circa)

Publication: Description de l' Univers

Color: Black & White

4 x 6 inches
10.2 x 15.2 cm

This delightful miniature chart depicts five constellations in which nova had appeared; Cassiopee (with the nova of 1572), Cygne (with the novas of 1600 and 1670-71), Andromeda (with a new star in her belt, which is actually the Andromeda galaxy), Baleine (with a variable star in its neck), and Fleuve Eridan and La Lievre (with several new stars observed by Cassini). At bottom is a night fishing scene. French text on verso.

References: Kanas #7.3.2, Fig.7.4; Warner pg. 171 #1E.

Condition: B+

A sound sheet with some minor marginal foxing. There is a short abrasion near the center of the chart.

Estimate: $100 - $150

Sold for: $85

Closed on 12/5/2007