DOPPELMAYR, Johannes Gabriel (1677-1750). Atlas Novus Coelestis in Quo Mundus spectabilis...Nuremberg: heirs of Homann, 1742.

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DOPPELMAYR, Johannes Gabriel (1677-1750). Atlas Novus Coelestis in Quo Mundus spectabilis, et in Eodem Tam Errantium Quam Inerrantium Stellarum Phoenomena notabilia, Circa Ipsarum lumen, figuram, faciem, motum, Eclipses...secundum Nic. Copernici, et Ex Parte Tychonis De Brahe, Hypothesin...Nuremberg: heirs of Homann, 1742.


Folio (20 x 14 2/8 inches). Letterpress title-page printed in red and black. Engraved allegorical additional title-page (plain), and 30 double-page engraved celestial charts and diagrams, some incorporating miniature world maps or spandrel illustrations of astronomical observatories, in contemporary hand color and wash (damp-stained at foot and head of most leaves, causing the wash to run in many cases, last few maps stained and discolored, map 15 with some abrasion). 19th-century English Russia gilt, (rebacked in pale calf gilt with Pease family crests by James Brockman, a reimboitage).  

Provenance: Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, Lord Wardington (1924-2005), Library of Important Atlases and Geographies, his sale Sothebys' 10th October 2006, 142.  

First and only edition. Doppelmayr, an acclaimed astronomer, was born in Nuremberg in 1671.  He was a member of the Royal Society of London and the Academies of Berlin, Vienna and St. Petersburg.  He visited astronomers in many countries, and hence in addition to the star charts and selenographic map, the atlas includes "diagrams illustrating the planetary systems of Copernicus, Tycho, and Riccioli; the ecliptic theories of Kepler, Boulliau, Seth Ward and Mercator; the lunar theories of Tycho, Horrocks and Newton, and Halley's cometary theory" (DSB).

From the distinguished library of Lord Wardington whose collection of Atlases was unique: "a panoply of the history of cartography and of great mapmakers" (Andrew Phillips "An Appreciation", Sotheby's sale catalogue). Catalogued by Kate Hunter