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Auction 156, Lot 50

"Le Systeme de Ptolemee [on sheet with] Le Systeme de Ticho-Brahe [and] Le Systeme de Copernic [and] Le Systeme de Descartes", Brion de la Tour/Desnos

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1770 (circa)

Publication: Atlas General Methodique et Elementaire

Color: Hand Color

10 x 8.6 inches
25.4 x 21.8 cm

This copper engraving explains the four prevailing theories of the Solar System in large spheres. The four spheres describes the solar systems by Descartes, Ptolemy, Tycho-Brahe and Copernicus. Smaller spheres are views of the planets (out to Saturn), the sun, and the moon along with their symbols. The map is flanked by panels of French text which were printed on separate sheets. With text measures 18.8 x 11.0".


Condition: B+

Original color on paper with "P [cloverleaf] M F" watermark. There is light soiling primarily confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $80

Closed on 2/17/2016