Auction 145, Lot 56

"Systema Mundi Tychonicum...", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1712 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 19.2 inches
57.9 x 48.8 cm

This superb celestial chart depicts the Tycho Brahe model of the Solar System surrounded with the signs of the Zodiac. Across the chart, Apollo with his entourage drives his sun chariot through the sky. Portraits of Tycho Brahe and Riccioli are in the upper portion of the chart with diagrams of their planetary systems delineated in each corner. The map is further embellished with banks of clouds containing putti using scientific instruments. Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr was a professor of mathematics at the Aegidien Gymnasium in Nuremberg. He collaborated with Homann on most of Homann's celestial maps. This plate was first published in Homann’s Atlas von hundert Charten (1712), and reprinted for his Grossen Atlas (1716) and the Atlas Coelestis in 1742. Read more about Doppelmayr's life and accomplishments here.


Condition: A

Watermarked paper with light soiling primarily in the blank margins.

Estimate: $750 - $850

Sold for: $550

Closed on 6/12/2013