Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr (1671-1750)
Atlas novus coelestis. 1742
DOPPELMAYR, Johann Gabriel (1671-1750). Atlas novus coelestis in quo Mundus Spectabilis. Nuremberg: Homann's Heirs, 1742.
First edition of Doppelmayr's important astronomical work in attractive contemporary colour, extra-illustrated with 2 additional engraved plates. The plates depict celestial charts with diagrams, tables and views of observatories and were intended as an introduction to the fundamentals of astronomy. 'Besides being a star chart and a selenographic map, the Atlas includes diagrams illustrating the planetary systems of Copernicus, Tycho, and Riccioli; the elliptic theories of Kepler, Boulliau, Seth Ward, and Mercator; the lunar theories of Tycho, Horrocks, and Newton; and Halley's cometary theory.' (DSB IV, p.166). The additional plates, both published in 1747, anticipate the solar eclipse of 25 July 1748 based on the calculations of Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler. Shirley, BL C.Dop.-1c.
Folio (512 x 330mm). Engraved allegorical additional title by J.C. Reinsperger after J.J. Preisler, title printed in red and black without the engraved vignette, letterpress index, 30 double-page engraved plates and 2 additional double-page engraved plates, all in contemporary colour, mounted on later guards throughout (plate 18 with short tears and old repairs on verso at gutter, a few plates faintly waterstained, with the frontispiece, first 3 letterpress leaves and first plate more heavily affected). Contemporary half vellum over pasteboards, blue cloth ties (endpapers and ties renewed, portion of spine and two small portions of the boards restored, lightly rubbed). Provenance: 19th-century bookplate with motto ‘sub umbra alarum tuarum protege me domine’, initialled A.S. and GE, dated ‘94’ – remains of another bookplate.