Auction 98, Lot 54

"Systema Solare et Planetarium ex hypothesi Copernicana secundum elegantissimas Illustrissimi quondam Hugenii deductiones novissime collectum & exhibitum", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1742 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Coelestis

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.2 x 19 inches
56.4 x 48.3 cm

Superb celestial chart showing the motion of the planets according to the Copernican model. Allegorical zodiac figures encircle the diagram, which is then surrounded by richly engraved scenes of the sun, stars, planets, putti, and astronomical instruments. At bottom left is a solar eclipse projected onto a terrestrial map on a polar projection, which includes the ISLAND OF CALIFORNIA. Opposite is a beautiful engraving showing the comparison of the Copernican and Brahe models of the solar system and a Lunar eclipse.

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Condition: B

Attractive later color with gold highlights. Bottom fold split just to border, slight toning along fold and two old (sound) repairs of short tears at bottom, overall very good.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,200

Sold for: $700

Closed on 3/6/2002

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