Auction 139, Lot 59

Matched Pair of Celestial Charts

"Hemisphaerium Coeli Boreale in quo Fixarum Loca Secundum Eclipticae Ductum ad Anum 1730…", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1742 (published)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis

Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.3 inches
58.4 x 49 cm

A magnificent celestial chart that illustrates the northern firmament, north ecliptic pole to ecliptic. The constellations are per the catalogue of Johannes Hevelius and include Virgo, Leo, Gemini, Ursa Major, Aries, Libra, and Sagittarius. The corners of the chart are decorated with vignettes of the astronomical observatories of Tycho Brahe at Hven, at Paris, of Hevelius at Danzig, and of Eimmart at Nuremberg . At both sides of the celestial chart are tables of the constellations with their magnitudes and the locations of their main stars. Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr was a professor of mathematics at the Aegidien Gymnasium in Nuremberg, and collaborated with Homann on most of Homann's celestial maps.

References: Kanas #7.8.3; Warner p. 64, 1C.

Condition: B+

A few centerfold separations have been professionally repaired. Light, marginal soil and a few short tears in blank margins that do not enter map image

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 2/15/2012