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Imaginesconstellationum Australium / Imagines constellationum Boreallum.
Selling price: $3100
Sold in 2020
Early charts such as these illustrate the constellations in human form and in consisitent poses, but with varied attire depending on whether the engraver followed the Roman or Arab tradition.
Here, Johannes Honter has utilized, for the first time, flamboyant contemporary costume. Honter's charts proved popular and influential and were reissued, with varying titles, for the next fifty years and much copied by other engravers.
This edition bound in Sebastian M¨nster's 1551 edition of "Geographiae Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini, Philosophi ac Mathematici praestantissimi Libri VIII, partim a Bilibaldo Pirckheymero translati ac commentario illustrati, partim etiam Graecorum antiquissimorumque exemplariorum collatione emendati atque in integrum restituti... / Claudii Ptolemaei".
Reference: Warner, The Sky Explored, p,123. R. Satterley, “The Rediscovery of Two Celestial Maps from 1537”, Imago Mundi, Vol. 62, n°1, 2010, pp. 86-91
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