Auction 159, Lot 57

"Systema Mundi Tychonicum Secundum Celeberrimorum Astronomorum Tychonis de Brahe et Io. Baptistae Riccioli...", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1742 (published)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis

Color: Hand Color

Size:
23 x 19.3 inches
58.4 x 49 cm

This superb celestial chart depicts the Tycho Brahe model of the Solar System surrounded with the signs of the Zodiac. Across the chart, Apollo with his entourage drives his sun chariot through the sky. Portraits of Tycho Brahe and Riccioli are in the upper portion of the chart with diagrams of their planetary systems delineated in each corner. The map is further embellished with banks of clouds containing putti using scientific instruments.

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: B+

A dark impression on watermarked paper with light printer's ink residue, a printer's crease at bottom left, and two small worm holes in unengraved areas of the chart at bottom.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/14/2016

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