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Auction 180, Lot 12

"Basis Geographiae Recentioris Astronomica in qua Situs Locorum Insigniorum Geographici ea Exactitudine...", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: World

Period: 1742 (published)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis

Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 19 inches
57.9 x 48.3 cm

Dopplemayr's scarce world map is a unique combination of scientific and decorative cartography. The map is based on coordinates established for 142 places, which are shown in the tables above and below the double hemisphere map. The continents are shown in outline form without political detail. In North America California is an island, and there is a hint of a possible Northwest Passage from Hudson Bay to the Strait of Anian. In the Eastern Hemisphere only the western and northern coastlines of Australia are shown, and Japan is shown twice (once to illustrate Sanson's error that placed it too far east). This is the second state with additional information from Leodium (Liege), Cadiz, Petropolis and Tornio added to the original 138 places in the tables. The richly engraved decorative elements are much more than mere embellishments. The scenes include cherubs using a variety of contemporary instruments at an observatory. On the left, a cherub is sighting a long refracting telescope on the lunar eclipse in the opposite upper corner. In the center, a solar projector is used to measure the eclipse of the sun in the spandrel directly above. On the right, longitude is being determined by observing the transit of the moons of Jupiter in the upper left corner. Shirley refers to this map as being 'neglected' and considers it "in advance of its time." It certainly is one of the most interesting world maps of the 18th century.

References: Shirley (TMC-46) pp. 34-38.

Condition: B

A sharp impression with full contemporary color on a bright sheet with a coat of arms watermark. There is toning along the centerfold and professional repairs to a couple of separations along the centerfold, a short tear at bottom, and a long tear that extends from the left edge of the sheet to the centerfold.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/18/2020