Auction 159, Lot 56

"Ephemerides Motuum Coelestium Geometricae in Quibus Secundum Hypothesin Copernicanam Omnia Motuum Planetariorum...", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1742 (published)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.8 x 19.3 inches
57.9 x 49 cm

This great astronomical chart portrays the motions of the planets according to the Copernican theory of the solar system. The inset at the bottom shows the scale of the solar system compared with the Hugenian estimate of the distance between the Sun and Sirius. The female representation of Terra Mater is depicted, surrounded by putti representing the stars.

Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr was a professor of mathematics at the Aegidien Gymnasium in Nuremberg. Doppelmayr and Johann Baptist Homann were frequent collaborators in producing celestial and astronomical charts for atlases. This chart was engraved between 1735 and 1742 and appeared in the two major compilations of Dopplemayr’s works published by Homann Heirs; Atlas Coelestis in quo Mundus Spectabilis... in 1742, and the revised edition Atlas Novus Coelestis... in 1748. Read more about Doppelmayr's life and accomplishments here.

References: Kanas #7.8.3.

Condition: A

Excellent impression and color on watermarked paper with very minor soiling and two small worm hole in unengraved areas of the image at bottom.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/14/2016

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