Auction 137, Lot 68

Twin Hemisphere Celestial Map

"Planisphaerium Caeleste Secundum Restitutionem Hevelianam et Hallejanam", Eimmart/Homann

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1720 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.3 inches
57.2 x 49 cm

A fine twin hemisphere celestial map similar in style to the Hevelius map. Six circular diagrams surround the planispheres: Tychonic model of the planetary system, Ptolemaic planetary system, relation between the moon and the tides, annual illumination of the earth by the sun, Copernican planetary system, and monthly illumination of the moon. The spheres appear within an engraved background of clouds with banner titles. Second state with the imprint "prostat in Officina Homanniana." Eimmart's map was later copied by Schenk and Lotter.

References: Kanas, p. 170, #; Warner, p. 76, 1a.

Condition: A

A printer's crease alongside centerfold, and a short tear in upper blank margin far from map image.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 9/14/2011