First Edition of Doppelmayr’s Introduction to the Fundamentals of Astronomy with Thirty Hand-Colored Engraved Celestial Charts
DOPPELMAYR, Johann Gabriel. Atlas coelestis in quo mundus spectabilis. et in eodem tam errantium quam inerrantium stellarum phoenomena notabilia, circa ipsarum lumen, figuram, faciem, motum, eclipses, occultationes, transitus, magnitudines, distantias, aliaque secundum Nic. Copernici et ex parte Tychonis de Brahe, Hipothesin...e celberrimorum astronomorum observationibus graphice descripta exhibentur a Joh. Gabriele Doppelmaiero. Nuremberg: Sumptibus Heredum Homannianorum , 1742.
First edition. Large folio (20 3/8 x 13 inches; 512 x 335 mm.). Added engraved title (“Atlas coelestis”) by J.C. Reinsperger with portraits of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Brahé, and Kepler, vignette title-page, and thirty double-page engraved celestial charts and diagrams, some incorporating miniature world maps illustrations of astronomical observatories. All thirty engraved charts colored by a contemporary hand.

Modern half calf over speckled paper boards. Spine with red morocco spine label. Spine and label stamped and lettered in gilt. All edges speckled red. Housed in a leather-tipped cardboard slipcase. Overall a near fine copy.

“Doppelmayer was an astronomer of high repute; he was born at Nuremberg in 1671 and was educated at Halle University. He was a professor of mathematics in his native city for nearly fifty years, and for some time made a speciality of lunar observations. He visited important astronomers in many countries, including England, and was a member of the Royal Society of London, the Academies of Berlin, Vienna and St. Petersburg. Died December, 1750” (Brown, p. 51).

“[Doppelmayer’s works] provide an index of the scientific interests and information current in Germany, and particularly of the transmission of science from England, Holland, and France into Germany during the first half of the eighteenth century. Among the astronomical works are Kurze Erklärung der Copernicanischen Systems (1707), Kurze Einleitung zur Astronomie (1708), and translations of Thomas Streete’s astronomy (1705) and of John Wilkins’ defense of the Copernican system (1713). His major work, however, is the Atlas novus coelestis (1742), a collection of diagrams with explanations intended as an introduction to the fundamentals of astronomy. Besides star charts 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” (D.S.B. IV, p. 166).

Sandler 122/3; Lexikon der Kartographie 177 (D) and 317 (H.E); Brown 51; Warner, The Sky Explored 64; Baranowski 1457.

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