Auction 123, Lot 79

"Planisphaerium Caeleste Secundum Restitutionem Hevelianam et Hallejanam", Eimmart/Homann

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1720 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19 inches
57.2 x 48.3 cm

A finely engraved twin hemisphere celestial map similar in style to the Hevelius map. Six circular diagrams surround the planispheres: Tychonic model of the planetary system, Ptolemaic planetary system, relation between the moon and the tides, annual illumination of the earth by the sun, Copernican planetary system, and the monthly illumination of the moon. The spheres appear within an engraved background of billowy clouds with banner titles, and are filled with constellations of the northern and southern skies. Second state of this scarce map that bears the imprint prostat in Officina Homanniana. Eimmart's map was later copied by Schenk and Lotter.

References: Kanas, p. 170, #; Warner, p. 76, 1a.

Condition: A

A nice impression with attractive color on a strong sheet. Upper blank margins with a couple of stains, well away from the map image.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/20/2008