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Auction 99, Lot 69

"Le Globe Celeste represente en deux Plans-Hemispheres par Monsr. De la Hire Professeur Royal et de l'Academie des Sciences", Anon.

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 6 inches
21.6 x 15.2 cm

Charming double hemisphere celestial map based on the observations of Philippe de la Hire, a famous French astronomer who 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 Nicolar de Fer, Le Rouge, Chiquet, and De Guignes.

References: Warner, p. 148.

Condition: A

Expertly backed with light Japanese tissue.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $200

Closed on 6/12/2002