Offered by: Art Peritus | Selects
By Appointment New York City, NY 10021 , United States Call Seller 646.921.2393


Pair of Celestial Maps: Planisphere Celeste Septentrional and Meridional

$ 7,495
  • Description
    • an important private collection, Far Hills, NJ

    Noted Parisian astronomer and member of the Royal Academy of Science, Phillipe de la Hire is best known today for his celestial design charts. Born the son of an eminent painter and art professor, the younger la Hire studied drawing and painting in Venice from 1660 to around 1664. While in Italy, he his interest in geometry was piqued through learning about perspective in art. Upon his return to Paris, la Hire’s focus shifted to mathematics and science, studying under Abraham Bosse who had studied under Girard Desagues. La Hire’s renown spread with the publication of important treatises on conic sections. In 1705 la Hire published the present celestial planispheres, or circular maps of the stars and constellations of the Septentrional (Northern) and Meridional (Southern) hemispheres, which were reproduced and distributed through the well-known publishing house of engraver Nicolas de Fer, one of France’s most important cartographers.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: France
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: Hand-colored engraving
    Condition: Good. Some yellowing, foxing and creases but appear to be in overall good condition. Not examined out of frame.
    Creation Date: 1705
    Styles / Movements: Other, Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: ZBR0327
    Incollect Reference #: 580229
  • Dimensions
    W. 19.75 in; H. 19.75 in;
    W. 50.17 cm; H. 50.17 cm;
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