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    Sale 2797

    Anton Philips, Entrepreneur & Connoisseur

    6 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 160

    DOPPELMAYR, JOHANN GABRIEL, NUREMBERG, 1736

    A MINIATURE 4-INCH (10.4 CM.) CELESTIAL GLOBE

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    DOPPELMAYR, JOHANN GABRIEL, NUREMBERG, 1736
    A MINIATURE 4-INCH (10.4 CM.) CELESTIAL GLOBE
    The globe made up of twelve hand coloured engraved gores with cartouche inscribed Globus C/uolestis Novus cura L.G. Doppelmaieri M.P.P. adornatus a I.G. Puschnero Chalcogr. Norib A. 1736, the equatorial graduated in degrees, the constellations depicted as mythical beasts and figures and some scientific instruments, held in an engraved and calbrated brass meridian circle with engraved brass hour dial and pointer, on Dutch style stand with hand coloured engraved horizon
    16 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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