Auction 127, Lot 64

"[Lot of 6 - Celestial]", Geographisches Institut

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1819-73 (circa)

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1) Tableau Uranographique et Cosmographique, Vuillemin, 1840, (12.3 x 9") B&W. Very decorative sheet that features an armillary sphere plus diagrams of solar and lunar eclipses, different planetary systems, and more. Below in decorative architectural frames are four vignettes and a map to illustrate terms and symbols used in map making. Surrounded by a decorative border with corner elements. (A)

2) Sonnen System, from Meyers Hand Atlas, Geographisches Institut, Hildburghausen, (14 x 11.6") B&W. Interesting chart filled with information including vignettes of the planets, the Andromeda Nebula, the comet of 1819, and more. (A)

3) Planeten System der Sonne., from Stieler's Hand Atlas, Justus Perthes, Gotha, 1873, (13.5 x 12.8"), small amount of hand color. Great planetary plan that extends to Uranus with major stars shown. Two fine vignettes detail Saturn and Jupiter. Extensive notes at bottom. Three short tear repairs on verso restricted to margin. A printer's crease in the wide margin at right. (B+)

4) Das Planeten System, from Stieler's Hand Atlas, 1823, (13.5 x 11") with band of hand color around hemisphere. Basically the same chart as 3 above, less the notes at bottom. (B+)

5) Tableau du Systeme Solaire, circa 1820, (16.5 x 11") B&W. This terrific planetary system shows the seventh planet as Herschel with its numerous moons. First seen by John Flamsteed in 1690 he erroneously thought it a star and cataloged it as 34 Tauri. In 1781 William Herschel recognized it as a planet and named it Georgian in honor of his patron, King George III of England. It was better known as Herschel, but by 1850, to conform to the convention of using names from classical mythology, today's Uranus came into use. The system plus the five insets are fully engraved with black backgrounds to simulate the night sky. (B+)

6) Systeme Solaire, circa 1833, (13.3 x 10.3") B&W. Planetary system that extends to Uranus and includes the track of a comet. Table and insets of all planets, the moon and other system views. Short marginal centerfold split at top. Heavy plate mark with paper break at upper right corner. (B+)

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Estimate: $220 - $275

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/25/2009

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