Auction 139, Lot 58

"Le Globe Celeste Represente en Deux Plans-Hemispheres…", Anon.

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8.4 x 6.2 inches
21.3 x 15.7 cm

Charming double hemisphere celestial map based on the observations of Philippe de la Hire, a famous French astronomer who was one of the first to present the full celestial skies in a double hemisphere format. The twin hemispheres include the allegorical representations of the constellations. Above and below are small diagrams of the Sun, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury and the Moon from the observations of Cassini, Kircher, and Galileo. This map contains no attribution. However, representations of La Hire's maps are known to have been published by Nicolas de Fer, Le Rouge, Chiquet, and De Guignes.

References: Wagner, p. 148.

Condition: A

Light toning just outside border.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/15/2012