Auction 129, Lot 63

"Globi Coelestis in Tabulas Planas Redacti Pars IV", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1716 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.2 inches
58.4 x 48.8 cm

Fine celestial chart centered on the autumnal equinox in a gnomic projection detailing the celestial sky between 45° North and 45° South declination. The paths of several comets are shown, including those observed by Johannes Kepler, Johannes Hevelius, Francesco Bianchini, Giovanni Domenico Cassini, and Halley’s Comet. This highly decorative star chart beautifully depicts the constellations of Leo, Virgo, Centaurus, Bootes, part of Ursa Major and several more. Panels of Latin text at sides identify the stars within 15 constellations seen in this portion of the sky. 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. Read more about Doppelmayr's life and accomplishments here.

References: Kanas 7.8.3; Warner p. 66 - 1J.

Condition: B+

Dark, strong impression and excellent coloring, original at side panels and probably later or refreshed within the constellations. Close trimmed at lower margin, into neatline at lower left. A little very light soiling. The map has been professionally backed onto a sheet of old paper.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $800

Closed on 9/23/2009