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Auction 94, Lot 59

"Le Globe Celeste Represente en deux Plans-Hemispheres…", Anon.

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 6 inches
21.6 x 15.2 cm
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Charming small double hemisphere celestial map based on the observations of Philippe de la Hire, a famous French astronomer whose work was often published by Nicolas de Fer. La Hire was one of the first to present the full celestial skies in a double hemisphere format. The twin hemispheres include the allegorical representations of the constellations. Above and below are small diagrams of the Sun, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury and the Moon from the observations of Cassini, Kircher, and Galileo. This map contains no attribution. However, representations of La Hire's maps are known to have been published by Le Rouge, Chiquet, and De Guignes.

References: Warner #148.

Condition: A

Backed with Japanese tissue, evidently to add strength to the paper, although there is not evidence of weakness.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $325

Closed on 3/7/2001