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Marvelous Model of the Solar System

Fine example of this scarce model of the solar system, published by Bauerkeller.

At the top right and left corners, a seasonal Astrological model showing the dates relative to the signs of the Zodiac is given, show other phenomena, including eclipses (lunar and solar) and the phases of the moon.

At the bottom sides, models of the planets and their moons are shown, with additional models at the sides.

The work was issued separately and intended to be bound into an atlas was conceived of and initiated by Georg Leonhart Bauerkeller beginning in 1844 by subscription.

As noted by Rumsey:

From at least 1845, Ludwig Ewald was a primary author and was responsible for drafting the maps. Considered by authorities to be one of the most beautiful atlases of the 19th century, it is particularly noteworthy for its quality registration, sharp images, use of brown for relief and solid blue for water, multi-color lithography, and it's scope of content.

. . .  The atlas was largely ignored by contemporary and subsequent scholars despite its high quality. . .  Bauerkeller was also known for his three dimensional maps of cities, see our copies of London, Paris, Hamburg, and others.


Bauerkeller's maps are all very are on the market. This is the first example we have ever seen.