Auction 93, Lot 32

"Basis Geographiae Recentioris Astronomica", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: World

Period: 1742 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis

Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 18.7 inches
57.2 x 47.5 cm

Scarce world map that was engraved for Doppelmayr's celestial atlas. The continents are shown in outline form without political detail. CALIFORNIA IS AN ISLAND, only the western and northern coastlines of Australia are shown, and New Zealand is incomplete. There is a hint of a possible Northwest Passage from Hudson Bay to the Strait of Anian. The map is richly decorated with a large allegorical cartouche and surrounded by celestial phenomena, including a comet and -solar and lunar eclipses. Three groups of cherubs are shown making astronomical observations. Above and below the map are tables naming major cities throughout the world with their respective longitude, latitude, celestial observations and eclipse information. The map is a wonderful combination of both scientific and decorative cartography.


Condition: B

Crisp impression and original color. Numerous old repairs including one repaired tear which extends 1-1/2" into bottom table and the centerfold has had separations (just entering the map) repaired. There are also several short tears in bottom margin that are not repaired.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 12/6/2000