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Auction 135, Lot 47

"Planisphere Celeste Meridional par Monsr. de la Hire…", La Hire/De Fer

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1775 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

18.3 x 18.5 inches
46.5 x 47 cm

This dramatic chart of the southern sky is filled with the constellations of Orion, Gemini, Centaurus, the Phoenix, the Southern Cross and the Milky Way among others. It is centered on the ecliptic pole using a polar equidistant projection with geocentric orientation. It includes the non-Ptolemaic constellations: La Colombe, La Cruzero and the twelve introduced by Keyser & Houtman. The four corners are filled with descriptive text of the movement of the stars. The astronomical information was taken from the observations of Philippe de la Hire. This edition was published by Desnos.

References: Kanas #7.12.2 (Fig 7.14); Warner pp. 147-48, #4B-4a.

Condition: A

Good impression with vibrant color and minor soil. Some marginal tears have been expertly repaired.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $450

Closed on 2/16/2011