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  • Title/Content of Map: "Systeme de Copernic" Copernican solar-system model- an attractive antique engraving.
  • Date Printed: 1761
  • Cartographer: Mornas and Desnos
  • Size (in): 18 x 12

    A fine representation of Copernicus' astronomical theory of our solar system where the planets revolve around the sun. The Copernican theory eventually came to replace an earlier geocentric theory in which the Earth was the center of the universe and all celestial bodies orbited it. Image is surrounded by French text on both sides. Original antique copper-plate engraved sheet issued in Paris in 1761. Nicely hand colored.

    Sold by Buy de Mornas (d. 1783), geographer to Louis XVI, and Louis-Charles Desnos, artist, (1725-1805), who ran one of the most important French map-making enterprises. From "La Manniere de Reconnoitre les Principales Etoiles dans le Ciel". The topics covered by prints in that work include the seasons, the Sun, our solar system and its various conceptions over history, the stars and phenomena such as eclipses.

    Please note that this lot has a confidential reserve. When you leave a bid in advance of the auction, submit your maximum. The bidder who has submitted the highest bid wins the lot, provided the bid exceeds the reserve price.

  • Domestic: Flat-rate of $20.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.
  • International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.
  • Location: This item ships from South Carolina

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  • Condition

    Very good. Clean with a very pleasing appearance. Thick laid paper. No tears, holes, or other major issues. Hint of toning at the edges. One sopt lower right margin.

    Buyer's Premium

    • 10%

    Mornas / Desnos: Celestial Map, Copernican Solar System

    Estimate $190 - $210Dec 20, 2017
    New York, NY, USA
    Auction Curated By:
    Steve Kovacs
    Maps Expert