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Auction 132, Lot 57

"Planisphaerium Coeleste: Secundum Restitutionem Hevelianam et Hallejanam", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.5 inches
57.2 x 49.5 cm

Magnificent double hemisphere celestial chart showing the northern and southern sky with constellations in allegorical form derived from Hevelius. A diagram in the upper left corner represents day and night on the earth with quotations from Genesis. The diagram at upper right shows the monthly orbit and illumination of the moon. The five diagrams along the bottom represent the monthly orbit and illumination of the moon, and the planetary hypothesis of Tycho Brahe, Copernicus, Ptolemy, and the annual orbit of the sun and the seasons. There is no engraver's imprint.

References: cf Warner, p. 245 #1; Kansas #

Condition: B+

Original color and a dark impression. There are some minor stains, mostly in the blank margins.

Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000


Closed on 6/2/2010