Auction 145, Lot 53

"Planisphere Celeste Comprenant les Principales Etoiles des Constellations Visibles sur Notre Horizon", Anon.

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1820 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.5 x 21.2 inches
44.5 x 53.8 cm

This attractive celestial chart depicts the constellations in the northern sky. The constellations are shown as figures according to classical mythology, including Hercules, Andromeda, Pegasus, Orion, and Sagittarius. A ring surrounding the chart lists the months of the year, and a key at bottom left identifies the brightness of each star. A French note at bottom right explains that the projection of the chart has caused an "inevitable irregularity" in which some of the constellations are shown larger than their real dimensions.

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Condition: B

Issued folding, now pressed, with light foxing primarily confined to blank margins. The paper is a little cockled, causing some shadows (dark areas) on the scanned image which do not appear in person - the paper is actually quite bright.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $230

Closed on 6/12/2013

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