Catalog Archive
Auction 191, Lot 56

"Systema Solare et Planetarium ex Hypothesi Copernicana Secundum Elegantissimas Illustrissimi Quondam Hugenii Deductiones Novissime Collectum & Exhibitum", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis

Color: Hand Color

22.1 x 18.9 inches
56.1 x 48 cm
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Superb chart showing the motion of the planets according to the Copernican model with its dimensions according to the Cosmotheoros of Christiaan Huygens. The chart is centered on the spectacular representation of a sun-burst encompassing the solar system with the planets and their moons orbiting around the sun. Allegorical zodiac figures encircling the diagram represent the rest of the universe. The chart is surrounded by richly engraved scenes of the sun, stars, planets, putti, and astronomical instruments. At bottom left is a solar eclipse projected onto a terrestrial map on a polar projection that includes the Island of California. Opposite is a beautiful engraving showing a comparison of the Ptolemaic, Brahe, and Copernican cosmological systems presented by Urania, the goddess of astronomy. This scene represents the advancement of astronomical knowledge; the Ptolemaic system is partially obscured with scientific instruments and the Copernican system is labeled sic ratione (according to reason). Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr was a professor of mathematics at the Aegidien Gymnasium in Nuremberg. He collaborated with Homann on most of Homann's celestial maps.

References: Kanas #7.8.3 (Fig. 1.2).

Condition: B+

On a lightly cockled sheet with an elephant watermark. The margin has been trimmed at bottom right and extended with old paper, with a section of the neatline replaced in facsimile. There is a printer's crease at top, a few spots of foxing, and a couple of short edge tears that have been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $550

Closed on 2/8/2023