Auction 97, Lot 638

"Planisphaerium Coeleste: Secundum Restitutionem Hevelianam et Hallejanam", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1730 (published)

Publication: Atlas Novus Sive Tabulae Geographicae

Color: Hand Color

22.7 x 19.5 inches
57.7 x 49.5 cm

First state of this graphic map engraved by Melchior Rein. The choice and style of constellations making up the central map are derived from Hevelius. The celestial charts are set in a background of clouds inset with seven diagrams. At bottom (from left to right) the monthly orbit of the moon, the Tychonic, Copernican and Ptolemaic planetary hypothesis, and the relation between the annual orbit of the sun and the seasons. In the upper left corner a diagram represents day and night on the earth, with quotations from Genesis. The diagram in the upper right shows the monthly orbit and illumination of the moon. At center top is a superb engraving showing an ascending Christ surrounded by angels. .

References: Deborah Warner, The Sky Explored, p. 245.

Condition: A

Margins extended, backed with Japanese tissue repairing a couple of short tears

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 12/5/2001