Auction 150, Lot 51

"[Untitled - Moon]", Happel, Everard Werner

Subject: Moon

Period: 1688 (circa)

Publication: Mundus Mirabilis Tripartitus oder Wunderbare Welt

Color: Hand Color

6.1 x 6.2 inches
15.5 x 15.7 cm

This marvelous engraving is a miniature version of Athanasius Kircher's early view of the moon, first published in 1665 in his Mundus Subterraneus (The Underground World). The engraving graphically depicts the moon's craters based on the observations of Kircher and Christoph Scheiner in 1636 and 1650. Happel published this miniature edition in Mundus Mirabilis Tripartitus oder Wunderbare Welt in einer Kurzen Cosmographia.


Condition: B+

A fine impression. A 1/8" strip of the right side of the image was trimmed by the bookbinder, and has been expertly replaced in facsimile with the right margin extended to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/17/2014