"Le Globe Celeste Represente en Deux Plans-Hemispheres par Monsr. de la Hire Professeur Royal et de l'Academie des Sciences", Leth, Hendrik de
Period: 1740 (circa)
Publication: Nouvel Atlas Geographique & Historique...
Color: Hand Color
8.4 x 6.1 inches
21.3 x 15.5 cm
Charming double hemisphere celestial map based on the observations of Philippe de la Hire, a famous French astronomer who was one of the first to present the full celestial skies in a double hemisphere format. The twin hemispheres include the allegorical representations of the constellations. Above and below are small diagrams of the Sun, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury and the Moon from the observations of Cassini, Kircher, and Galileo. For his Nouvel Atlas, Leth made close copies of Jacques Chiquet's maps published in Le Nouveau et Curieux Atlas in 1719.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.LETH-1a.
A dark impression with contemporary outline color, issued folding with light toning along the folds and long fold separations that have been repaired with paper on verso.