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Thomas, Corbinianus
MERCURII PHILOSOPHICI FIRMAMENTUM FIRMIANUM DESCRIPTIONEM ET USUM GLOBI ARTIFICIALIS COELESTIS. FRANKFURT & LEIPZIG: N.P., 1730
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LOT SOLD. 2,750 USD
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18

UNDERSTANDING THE HEAVENS: PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Thomas, Corbinianus
MERCURII PHILOSOPHICI FIRMAMENTUM FIRMIANUM DESCRIPTIONEM ET USUM GLOBI ARTIFICIALIS COELESTIS. FRANKFURT & LEIPZIG: N.P., 1730
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 2,750 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

History of Science & Technology, Including the Nobel Prize and Papers of Richard P. Feynman

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Thomas, Corbinianus
MERCURII PHILOSOPHICI FIRMAMENTUM FIRMIANUM DESCRIPTIONEM ET USUM GLOBI ARTIFICIALIS COELESTIS. FRANKFURT & LEIPZIG: N.P., 1730
Oblong 4to (155 x 197 mm). Hand colored engraved frontispiece by A. G. Fleischmann,  71 (of 84) engraved plates with early hand coloring (many folding) of armillary spheres, globes and celestial maps, one engraved text diagram; light foxing and light occasional text browning, title with loss to outer margin and one leaf with lower corner torn away. Contemporary sheep-backed boards.
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Literature

Honeyman sale VI:2975; Linda Hall, Out of This World, 24; Warner, The Sky Explored, pp. 251 and xii

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION OF "ONE OF THE UNSUNG TREASURES OF CELESTIAL CARTOGRAPHY" (LINDA HALL) by one of the first celestial cartographers to dedicate a separate plate to Camelopardalis, which first appeared on globes about 1600, but which is usually represented together with Cepheus or Cassiopeia. Thomas was also the first cartographer to supply separate plates for some of the southern constellations such as Indus and Pavo. In honor of his patron, the Archbishop of Salzburg, Thomas fashioned a new constellation, the Corona Firmiana, but it was never used again.

History of Science & Technology, Including the Nobel Prize and Papers of Richard P. Feynman

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New York