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Auction 189, Lot 49

"Hemisphaerium Coeli Boreale in quo Fixarum Loca Secundum Eclipticae Ductum ad Anum 1730...", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1742 (published)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis

Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 19.3 inches
57.9 x 49 cm
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A magnificent celestial chart that illustrates the northern firmament, north ecliptic pole to ecliptic. The constellations are per the catalogue of Johannes Hevelius and include Virgo, Leo, Gemini, Ursa Major, Aries, Libra, and Sagittarius. The corners of the chart are decorated with vignettes of the astronomical observatories of Tycho Brahe at Hven, at Paris, of Hevelius at Danzig, and of Eimmart at Nuremberg . At both sides of the celestial chart are tables of the constellations with their magnitudes and the locations of their main stars.

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; Warner p. 64, 1C.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with full contemporary color on a sheet with a coat of arms watermark, light soiling, a faint dampstain at top, and archival repairs to some separations along the centerfold.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/14/2022