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Auction 191, Lot 52

"Motus Cometarum Hemisphaerio Australi, Qui intra Anum 1530 et 1740 cum Duabus Stellis Novis...", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1742 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis in quo Mundus Spectabilis

Color: Hand Color

22.3 x 18.7 inches
56.6 x 47.5 cm
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This lovely chart depicts the passage of comets in the southern skies between the years 1530-1740. It is centered on the ecliptic pole and shows the constellation figures based on classical mythology, without showing the stars. The paths of several comets are illustrated, and the chart identifies 2 "newly discovered" stars in 1596 and 1704. Surrounding the hemispheres are various diagrams and two tables including details about the comets and stars depicted on the chart.

References: Kanas #7.8.3.

Condition: B+

Contemporary color on watermarked paper with archival repairs to a 2" edge tear at upper right and a 0.5" edge tear at upper left. There is a hint of toning along the upper centerfold.

Estimate: $700 - $850


Closed on 2/8/2023