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Auction 142, Lot 70

"La Sphere Artificielle ou Armilaire Oblique, Elevee sur l'Horizon a la Latitude de Paris", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1740 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 16 inches
41.9 x 40.6 cm
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This highly decorative armillary sphere is surrounded by twelve small astronomical designs. The sheet is filled with text explaining and describing the armillary sphere, as well as the astronomical theories of Copernicus, Ptolemy, Tycho Brahe, and Descartes. Engraved by P. Starckman and published in Paris by Benard.


Condition: B+

On watermarked paper with very wide margins. There are archivally repaired centerfold separations and a professionally repaired hole in the text at top left. There are also a couple of archivally repaired tears in top blank margin, not affecting image.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $375

Closed on 11/28/2012