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Auction 133, Lot 46

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

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1745 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.5 inches
57.2 x 49.5 cm
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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. This is the second state with the engraver's imprint replaced by a notation of privilege at bottom.

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

Condition: B+

The margins have been trimmed but are still ample for framing. The lower right corner of the blank margin has been replaced, the centerfold has been repaired, and a couple of short tears just entering the map have been repaired.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800


Closed on 9/1/2010