Auction 150, Lot 49

"Figur der Sonnen", Happel, Everard Werner

Subject: Sun

Period: 1688 (circa)

Publication: Mundus Mirabilis Tripartitus oder Wunderbare Welt

Color: Hand Color

8.1 x 8 inches
20.6 x 20.3 cm

This marvelous engraving is a miniature version of Athanasius Kircher's early view of the sun, first published in 1665 in his Mundus Subterraneus (The Underground World). The engraving graphically depicts the sun's solar flares and surface eruptions based on the observations of Kircher and Christoph Scheiner in 1635. Happel published this miniature edition in Mundus Mirabilis Tripartitus oder Wunderbare Welt in einer Kurzen Cosmographia.

References: cf. Kanas #7.2.2.

Condition: B+

Issued folding, now pressed, with a fine impression, attractive color, light soiling, and professional repairs to a few tiny fold separations. A large chip at top left, not affecting image, has also been professionally replaced.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $950

Closed on 9/17/2014