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Planisphaerium Coeleste

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Planisphaerium Coeleste : F. De Wit / J. Covens & C. Mortier

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A very decorative and rare double hemisphere presentation of the traditional celestial constellations. Set against a background of clouds, the title resides in a scrolled banner at top with with six smaller planetary and celestial diagrams displaying Ptolemaic and Copernicum principles, an eclipse and the solar system. The constellations on the two main spheres are seen as from an external viewpoint, ie as from beyond the universe, a concept from classical and Islamic traditions. This scarce chart was separately issued and, being larger than the usual atlas maps, may have survived in such fine condition by being folded into a composite collection of the publisher's maps. As usual the map was engraved on a large copperplate and has been printed on two sheets, joined in printing, this example on the finest and unusually heavy, chart paper. That the map remains uncoloured allows for the fine and delicate etching of the celestial symbols and figures to be elegantly displayed. Engraved and first published by Frederic de Wit, this example has the imprint of Joan Covens and Cornelius Mortier, who republished de Wit's and others work into the eighteenth century.
mapmakers: F. De Wit   J. Covens & C. Mortier  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam c.1700
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 485 by 715mm (19 by 28.25 inches).
ref: 43333
literature: D.Warner, The Sky Explored, Frederic de Wit 1A

Price: £ 4200£ 2520

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