• Twenty rooms: The private coll auction at Christies

    Sale 2857

    Twenty rooms: The private collection of the late Mrs Elias-Vaes

    27 - 29 April 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 578

    A SOUTH GERMAN 31.8 CM. (12½ INCH) CELESTIAL TABLE GLOBE

    JOHANN GABRIEL DOPPELMAYR, NUREMBURG, 1728

    Price Realised  

    A SOUTH GERMAN 31.8 CM. (12½ INCH) CELESTIAL TABLE GLOBE
    JOHANN GABRIEL DOPPELMAYR, NUREMBURG, 1728
    MADE UP OF TWO SETS OF TWELVE HAND-COLOURED ENGRAVED GORES WITH PASTED-ON CARTOUCHE GLOBUS COELESTIS NOVUS, STELLARUM FIXARUM LOCA SECUNDUM CELEBERRIMI ASTRONOMI DANTISCANI IOHANNIS HEVELII, CATALOGUM AD ANUM CHR. 1730. COMPL. SISTENS OPERA IOH. GABR. DOPPELMAIERI. M.PP. EXHIBITUS à IOHANNE GEORGIO PUSCHNERO CHALCOGRAPHO NORIBERGENSI A.C. 1728, THE EQUATORIAL GRADUATED IN DEGREES, THE EQUINOCTIAL COLURE UNGRADUATED, THE ECLIPTIC GRADUATED IN DAYS OF THE HOUSES OF THE ZODIAC WITH NAMES AND SIGILS, THE STARS SHOWN TO SIX ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE WITH NEBULAE, THE CONSTELLATIONS DEPICTED BY MYTHICAL BEASTS AND FIGURES AND SOME SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS, FURTHER WITH NUMEROUS COMETS' PATHS SHOWN, HELD IN ENGRAVED BRASS MERIDIAN CIRCLE WITH SIGNATURE TO THE REVERSE JENIG FECIT (LACKING HOUR DIAL), ON A LATER DUTCH-STYLE EBONIZED AND OAK STAND
    48 CM. HIGH (OVERALL)


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    JOHANN GABRIEL DOPPELMAYR (1671-1750) WAS ONE OF THE MOST PROLIFIC OF THE GLOBE-MAKERS OF EARLY 18TH-CENTURY NUREMBERG, AS WELL AS BEING A DISTINGUISHED MATHEMATICIAN, TRANSLATOR, WRITER, EDITOR AND TEACHER. HE STUDIED IN ALTDORF AND HALLE, AND TRAVELLED FOR SOME TIME IN GERMANY, ENGLAND AND THE NETHERLANDS. PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS AT THE AEGIDIEN GYMNASIUM IN NUREMBERG FROM 1704, GLOBE-MAKING WAS ONLY A SMALL PART OF HIS GENERAL EFFORTS TO ENCOURAGE INTEREST IN SCIENCE, IN PARTICULAR THE PROGRESSIVE WORK OF THE LIKES OF NEWTON, HUYGENS AND DESCARTES, AND TRANSMISSION OF THIS KNOWLEDGE THROUGHOUT EUROPE. HE WAS THE TRANSLATOR OF SEVERAL WORKS ON ASTRONOMY AND CARTOGRAPHY FROM FRENCH AND GERMAN, SUCH AS NICOLAS BION'S L'USAGE DES GLOBES CILESTES ET TERRESTRES, ET DES SPHERES AND ASTRONOMY BY THOMAS STREET, AS WELL AS PRODUCING WORKS OF HIS OWN, INCLUDING THE ATLAS NOVUS COELESTIA OF 1742.

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