Auction 178, Lot 31

"Motus in Coelo Spirales quos Planetae Inferiores Venus et Mercurius Secundum Tychonicorum Hypothesin Exhibent...", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1742 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis

Color: Hand Color

22.6 x 18.9 inches
57.4 x 48 cm

This whimsical celestial chart illustrates Tycho Brahe's cosmological system describing the complex movements of Venus and Mercury as viewed from earth. The center of the chart is filled with a delightful scene of cherubs swinging through the clouds. Two text panels at lower corners describe the movements of the planets.

References: Kanas #7.8.3.

Condition: B+

Full contemporary color on a bright sheet with a coat of arms watermark, minor printer's ink residue, an archivally repaired centerfold separation at bottom, and very light toning and soiling along the edges of the sheet. Trimmed to the neatline at bottom center by the bookbinder, with paper professionally added in the bottom margin to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/10/2020