Auction 170, Lot 60

"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:
22.8 x 19.1 inches
57.9 x 48.5 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 nice example with contemporary color that has been partially refreshed, a stray ink mark at bottom right, and some show-through at top left of old manuscript text on verso. There is light toning along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/14/2018

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