Auction 127, Lot 57

"Systema Solare et Planetarium ex hypothesi Copernicana secundum elegantissimas Illustrissimi quondam Hugenii deductiones novissime collectum & exhibitum", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.5 x 19.1 inches
57.2 x 48.5 cm

Superb celestial chart showing the motion of the planets according to the Copernican model with its dimensions according to the Cosmotheoros of Christiaan Huygens. The chart is centered on the spectacular representation of a sun-brust encompassing the solar sytem with the planets and their moons orbiting around the sun. Allegorical zodiac figures encircling the diagram represent the rest of the universe. The chart is surrounded by richly engraved scenes of the sun, stars, planets, putti, and astronomical instruments. At bottom left is a solar eclipse projected onto a terrestrial map on a polar projection that includes the Island of California. Opposite is a beautiful engraving showing a comparison of the Ptolemaic, Brahe, and Copernican cosmological systems presented by Urania, the goddess of astronomy. This scene represents the advancment of astronomical knowledge; the Ptolemaic system partically obsursed with scientific instruments and the Copernican system labeled sic ratione (according to reason). Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr was a professor of mathematics at the Aegidien Gymnasium in Nuremberg. He collaborated with Homann on most of Homann's celestial maps.

References: Kanas Fig. 1.2.

Condition: A+

Superb color heightened with gold.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/25/2009

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