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Auction 198, Lot 33

"Hemisphaerium Coeli Australe, in quo Loca Stellarum Fixarum Secundum Aequatorem, per Ascensiones Nempe Rectas et Declinationes ad Anum Christi 1730...", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1742 (published)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis

Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.1 inches
57.2 x 48.5 cm
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This magnificent celestial chart illustrates the southern sky centered on the equatorial pole. The constellations are shown as figures from classical mythology per the catalogue of Johannes Hevelius and include Orion, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Centarus, Aquarius, Capricorn, and many more. At both sides of the chart are tables of the constellations with their magnitudes and the locations of their main stars. The chart is decorated with putti holding various instruments, including a pendulum clock, a telescope, and a sextant.

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 (2nd Edition) #7.8.3; Warner p. 64, #1B.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on a sheet with a heart watermark with the initials "MHD." There is very light toning, minor foxing, and professional repairs to some separations along the centerfold.

Estimate: $750 - $900


Closed on 6/19/2024