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Auction 146, Lot 69

"Sterre Kaert of Hemels Pleyn, Waer door men Kan Wete Hoe Laet...", Ottens, Reiner and Joshua

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1756 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Sive Geographia Compendiosa

Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 18.5 inches
57.9 x 47 cm
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This large map is one of the most unusual Dutch celestial charts. It shows the constellations of both the northern and southern hemispheres on a single rectangular projection. The constellations are depicted as though looking down on the earth from beyond the stars, so many of the figures are drawn with their backs turned. A chart of measurements organized by the zodiac is below the chart. Cherubs support a small cartouche within the chart (Door Dit Hemels Pleyn…) This chart is the work of Remmet Teunisse Backer from circa 1684. It was issued by several publishers throughout the eighteenth century. This edition has Reiner and Joshua Ottens' imprint added in the chart and Johannes de Ram's imprint barely visible below the bottom neatline.

References: Kanas, p. 330; Warner, p. 11, 1.c.

Condition: B+

Attractive color with light soiling and short centerfold separations confined to blank margins.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,200


Closed on 9/4/2013