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Auction 98, Lot 52

"Hypothesis Ptolemaica, Sive Communis Planetarum Motus Per Eccentricos, Et Epicyclos Demonstrans", Cellarius/Schenk & Valck

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1708 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis seu Harmonia Macrocosmica

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 16.5 inches
49.5 x 41.9 cm
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Handsome plate from one of the most decorative celestial atlases of all time. This diagram depicts the Ptolemaic hypothesis, demonstrating the planetary motions in eccentric and epicyclical orbits. The top corners contain the title cartouches and two smaller diagrams fill the bottom corners with bold strapwork engraving filling the space between.


Condition: A

Lovely original color. Minor crease.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,600

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 3/6/2002