"Planisphere Celeste Meridional par Monsr. de la Hire...", La Hire/De Fer
Period: 1760 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
18 x 18.2 inches
45.7 x 46.2 cm
This dramatic chart of the southern sky is filled with the constellations of Orion, Gemini, Centaurus, the Phoenix, the Southern Cross, and the Milky Way among others. It is centered on the ecliptic pole using a polar equidistant projection with geocentric orientation. It includes the non-Ptolemaic constellations: La Colombe, La Cruzero and the twelve introduced by Keyser & Houtman. The four corners are filled with descriptive text of the movement of the stars. The astronomical information was taken from the observations of Philippe de la Hire. Engraved by van Loon. This edition was published by Desnos.
References: Kanas #7.12.2 (Fig 7.14); Warner pp. 147-48, #4B-4a.
Watermarked paper with light soiling and mildew stains. The paper is rippled.