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Auction 166, Lot 47

"Systema Ptolomei. The Figure of the World... [on sheet with] Systema Mundi Secundum Copernicum [and] Secundum Cartesum [and] Secundum Tichonem Brahium", Cluver, Philipp

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1711 (published)

Publication: Introductio in Universam Geographiam

Color: Black & White

12.5 x 6.3 inches
31.8 x 16 cm
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This copper engraving shows four different astronomical theories for the solar system: those of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Descartes, and Tycho Brahe. An interesting comparative look at the various sun and earth-centric theories.

Cluver's Introductio in Universam Geographicam was a popular atlas, appearing in over 45 editions during a 100-year period. The first edition was published without maps in the 1620s, and the first edition to include maps was published circa 1641. The various editions were published in different cities throughout Europe, including Amsterdam, Nuremberg, and London. This map is from a London edition, with the majority of the maps re-engraved by John Senex.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.CLUV-9a.

Condition: B+

Light toning with two tiny rust holes and a professionally repaired chip in the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/14/2018