Lot 65 of 557:
Descartes' plan of the solar system 1761  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$120
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
Systeme De Descartes

Author:
Desnos, Louis Charles

Place:
Paris

Publisher:

Date:
c.1761

Description:

Partially colored copper-engraved depiction of the solar system, with engraved text on either side, the whole surrounded by an ornamental frame of flowers, geographical instruments, etc. 36x52.5 cm (11¾x17¾"), including the border, plus margins.

The solar system according to the French philosopher Rene Descartes, with the sun at the center (with anthropomorphic features), then the orbits of Mercury, Venus, the Earth, Jupiter and Saturn. With a second plate from the same work: "Du Zodiaque et de L'Eclyptique. From "Atlas Méthodique et Elémentaire de Géographie et d' Histoire."


Lot Amendments

Condition:
A bit yellowed; near fine.


 
Item number:
285636a
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