Auction 135, Lot 60

"Sphaerarum Artificialium Typica Repraesentatio", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.8 x 19.2 inches
57.9 x 48.8 cm

This elegant engraving is from one of Homann's celestial atlases. It illustrates a pair of terrestrial and celestial globes and a matching armillary sphere, all on Baroque library stands. The armillary sphere is a model of the celestial sphere, consisting of a spherical framework of rings, centered on Earth, that represent lines of celestial longitude and latitude and the ecliptic. The terrestrial globe shows Asia, Europe and Africa and the celestial shows various constellations with figures according to Greek mythology. Each of the Baroque stands incorporates caryatid elements in the supports, together with other classical ornamentation.

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Condition: A

Fine impression and original color with some minor printer's ink residue within the plate.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 2/16/2011

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