Auction 124, Lot 41

"Planisphaerium Coeleste: Secundam Restitutionem Hevelianam et Hallejanem", Eimmart, Georg Christoph

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1705 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.5 x 19 inches
57.2 x 48.3 cm

This is a scarce map drawn by Eimmart and published by David Funcke. The finely engraved twin hemisphere celestial map is based on the work of Hevelius. Across the top are circular diagrams illustrating the cosmography of Tycho Brahe, the Ptolemaic planetary system, and the relation between the moon and the tides. At bottom are diagrams showing the phases of the moon, the Copernican planetary system, and the annual illumination of the earth by the sun. The spheres appear within an engraved background of billowy clouds with banner titles. This is a variation on Eimmart's more common map with a slightly different title (Planisphaerium Caeleste…). According to Warner, Eimmart's map was later copied by Schenk and Lotter; whereas Kanas credits Schenk with the original design. David Funcke was a publisher active in Nuremberg from 1680 to 1705. His maps are rarely offered on the market.

References: cf Warner, p. 76 ; Kanas, p. 170, #6.3.4.3.

Condition: B+

Professionally repaired 3" tear in the lower right, with paper invisibly added to the bottom margin via the leaf-casting method.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 5/7/2008

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