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Auction 99, Lot 70

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

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1742 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.1 inches
57.2 x 48.5 cm

Superb celestial chart showing the motion of the planets according to the Copernican model with its dimensions according to the Cosmotheoros of Christiaan Huygens. 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 that 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 observed May 12, 1706. This plate was first published in Homann’s Neuer Atlas (1707) and reprinted in his Atlas von hundert Charten (1712), Grossen Atlas (1716) and the Atlas Coelestis (1742).


Condition: A

Backed with light Japanese tissue with expert repairs of tiny marginal tears. Very fine later color highlighted in gold.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,200

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 6/12/2002