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Publisher: EIMMART, Georg Christoph.
Title: Atlas. [Complete set of Terrestrial and Celestial Gores]
Published in: Nuremberg, 1705
Size: 22.0 x 26.0 inches.
56.0 x 66.0 cm.

In original colours.
Condition: Bound in full modern calf, raised bands in blind, red leather with gilt lettering to second compartment on spine. New end papers. Folio (575 x 338mm).
In good condition. Uncut, a few minor short tears and nicks and marks, faint finger soiling and light staining to top of last sheet.

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A rare complete set of gores for a pair of 30cm (12-inch) diameter globes, on full uncut sheets with deckle edges. Eimmart is described in Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers as: "Astronomer, geographer, copper engraver and globe maker from Regensburg.
He worked in Nuremburg from about1660, where he built his own observatory and many of the instruments which equipped it." It seems probable that these 30cm globes, issued at the very end of his life, were modelled on those of Valk. He also collaborated closely with J.B. Homann, and consequently unused globe gore sheets are sometimes included in Homann's atlases.
This set is completely uncut, and therefore has only recently been bound. We can only trace three incomplete sets of gores selling at auction (ABPC/RBH). Dekker records 5 sets of globe gores in institutions and just 3 pairs of mounted globes, of which 4 celestial and 2 terrestrial.

A complete set of gores for a pair of 30cm (12-inch) globes, comprising 4 double-page sheets (each approx. 570 x 660mm) mounted on guards, each sheet with 4 engraved plates, the plates with the northern half-gores numbered I-IV in roman and the southern 1-4 in Arabic, each plate with 3 half-gores, making up two globes each of 24 half-gores, both globes have individually numbered gores in roman 1-12 in the tips of the southern half-gores.

Terrestrial: all coloured by a contemporary hand, with a dedicatory cartouche signed and dated by Eimmart, the two polar calottes on plates IV and 4.

Celestial: With the stars highlighted in yellow, the two polar calottes on plates II and 3, the dedicatory cartouche describing the star configurations as taken from Hevelius, with star positions as of 1700.

Reference: Tooley, Dekker Globes at Greenwich pp.330-332.

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