A pair of very handsome early 20 cm. (7,9 inch) Terrestrial and Celestial Globes.


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Globus terrestris novus Loca Terrae insigniora sec. praestant Astron. et Geogr. observationes sistens opera Ioh. Gabr. Doppelmaieri M.P.P. concinne traditus à Ioh. Georg Puschnero chalcographo Norib. A.C. 1730. Globus coelestis novus Loca stellarum fixarum sec. cel. Ioh. Hevelium ad annum 1730 exhibens opera I.G. DOPPELMAIERI M.P.P. exacte concinnatus a Ioh. Geor. Puschnero Chalcographo Norib. A.C. 1730. Nuremberg, Johann Georg Puschner, 1730. Hand-colored copper engravings, papier-mâché, brass meridian ring, four-column turned wooden frame with octagonal or round horizon ring. Earth globe inscribed in a cartouche: «Meridianus primus per insulam Fer. quae inter Canarias occidentalissima, ductus est, à quo Parisiensis 20. Gradibus, Noribergensis autem 28. Grad. 40 Minutis distat.». H. 30, D. 20 cm. D. (with stand) 28 cm. The Nuremberg mathematician, physicist, and astronomer Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr (1677 – 1750), one of the most renowned natural scientists of his time, is the creator behind this pair of globes. In fact, no natural science collection of universal pretensions, such as a cabinet of curiosities or a magnificent baroque princely library, could be without such a pair of terrestrial and celestial globes. Towards the end of his studies at the University of Halle from 1700 to 1702, Doppelmayr had undertaken a study trip to England and the Netherlands, where he deepened his knowledge of astronomy and lens grinding. Through his mathematical and astronomical writings, but also through the terrestrial and celestial globes, which he published in collaboration with the engraver Johann Georg Puschner (1680 – 1749) between 1718 and 1736, he achieved great international fame. His scientific and publishing achievements were honored by memberships of the Royal Society in London and the Academies of Berlin and St. Petersburg. Condition: Original varnish on the two globes. Cleaned these though. Retouched the top round axle of the celestial globe. Refilled the place where the axles are in the globes. Removed the horizon rings from the seats and cleaned them completely. Through scans, we made a facsimile. On top of this print the remains of the original ring. The parts where the facsimile remained visible were further colored so that the difference was no longer visible. Then colored the hand-colored parts as Doppelmayer was originally colored. The pair of globes are original and in fine condition.



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