Auction 133, Lot 43

"Haemisphaerium Stellatum Australe Aequali Sphaerarum Proportione", Cellarius, Andreas

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1661 (circa)

Publication: Harmonia Macroscosmica siu Atlas Universalis et Novus…

Color: Hand Color

20.2 x 17 inches
51.3 x 43.2 cm

This is one of the finest celestial charts from the golden age of Dutch cartography. The map presents the constellations of the southern sky superimposed on a terrestrial map of the Americas; thus giving the effect that the stellar system is viewed from space. The terrestrial map shows North America as far as the island of California and Chesapeake Bay. The constellations are presented in classical mythological form and include Ptolemaic constellations as well as those of Tycho Brahe, Plancius and Keyzer. Richly engraved in the baroque style with the title emblazoned across two drapes that are supported by putti and angels. The sphere is supported by Titans with a group of astronomers in the background. Second state with the plate number in the lower right border.

References: Burden #347; Kanas #7.1.2; McLaughlin #C-1.

Condition: A+

Sharp impression and lovely original color. Professional repairs of fold separations in the blank margins.

Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000

Sold for: $4,000

Closed on 9/1/2010