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Auction 146, Lot 68

"Planisphaerium Coeleste. Secundum Restitutionem Hevelianam et Hallejanam", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1730 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus Sive Tabulae Geographicae

Color: Hand Color

22.9 x 19.7 inches
58.2 x 50 cm
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First state of this graphic map engraved by Melchior Rein. The choice and style of constellations making up the central map are derived from Hevelius. The celestial charts are set in a background of clouds inset with seven diagrams. At bottom (from left to right) the monthly orbit of the moon, the Tychonic, Copernican, and Ptolemaic planetary hypothesis, and the relation between the annual orbit of the sun and the seasons. In the upper left corner a diagram represents day and night on the earth, with quotations from Genesis. The diagram in the upper right shows the monthly orbit and illumination of the moon. At center top is a superb engraving showing an ascending Christ surrounded by angels. .

References: Warner, p. 245; Kanas #

Condition: B

Original color on heavy paper with some soiling and an archivally repaired centerfold separation at bottom that enters 5" into the image. There are remnants of non-archival tape on verso at very bottom of sheet.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 9/4/2013