Auction 96, Lot 66

"Planispheres Celeste, Par Mr. De la Hire…", La Hire/De Fer

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1703 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

13 x 9 inches
33 x 22.9 cm

De Fer based this lovely small celestial map on the work of Philippe de la Hire, a notable French astronomer. The constellation figures are derived from the prototypes in Bayer's Uranometria and the spheres are surrounded by several diagrams of the sun, moon, and planets and mythical figures.


Condition: A

Later color with gold highlights. Remnants of hinging tape on verso.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $450

Closed on 9/12/2001