Auction 176, Lot 25

"Planisphaerium Coeleste", Lotter, Tobias Conrad

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1772 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

22.6 x 18.9 inches
57.4 x 48 cm

This graphic twin hemisphere chart of the heavens follows the Hevelius style with the design taken from Eimmart and Schenk. Six circular diagrams surround the planispheres: Tychonic model of the planetary system, Ptolemaic solar system, relationship of the moon and the tides, annual illumination of the earth by the sun, Copernican theory of the planetary system, and monthly illumination of the moon. Armillary spheres and globes decorate the map as well, and a key to the symbols used for the brightness of the stars is nestled in the cusp between the planispheres.

References: Kanas, p. 171; Warner p. 164.

Condition: A

Full contemporary color that has been partially refreshed with professional repairs to a few tiny worm tracks in the image and to a few small chips and tears along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $750

Closed on 2/12/2020