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Description

Old color example of Doppelmayr's chart of the solar system and constellations in the zodiac in the context of the solar eclipse of May 12, 1706.

The present example is from the collection of Glen McLaughlin, whose collection is described in the Mapping of California as an Island. Certification letter is available on request.

In the center, planetary paths from Earth and inner planets to Jupiter and Saturn are shown in a sunburst, all within a concentric ring of Baroque representations of the 12 signs of the zodiac. Shows the trajectory of the planets, a schematic diagram of the eclipse formation, the sun, Urania (the Goddess of Astonomy) and the star gazing diagram of the eclipse formation, and decorative images in the four corners of the chart.

This chart almost rivals those of Cellarius in its artistic arrangement of technical information complemented by elaborate surrounding illustrations. Here, however, Dopplemayr includes additonal astronomical information along with purely decorative touches. Urania, personified in the lower right corner, is especially fetching as she daintily dangles a diagram of the Copernicus system from its decorative ribbon-like border.

The map appeared in the Atlas coelestis imn quo mundud spectabilis … and separately in works by JB Homann.

Condition Description
Old Color. Minor soiling.