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Globi coelestis in tabulas planas redacti descriptio… Opus Postumum

Pardies, Ignace Gaston, 1636-1673

Second edition. First edition was published in 1674 and this second edition in 1693 after Pardies’ death in 1673. A Third edition appeared in 1700. This copy is the six sheets of star charts only without binding, pages numbered 84-89, so probably removed from an atlas. Each sheet has engraved text panels in Latin and French. The projection is gnomonic so the six charts make up a cube of the universe. Elegant original color is used. The paths of several important comets are shown. These charts served as models for the star charts of William Dawes published by the SDUK in 1844 (see our 4063.000). From the Linda Hall Library exhibition catalog: “Pardies’ star atlas is stylistically one of the most attractive ever published. Pardies took his constellation figures primarily from Bayer’s Uranometria, but since each chart covers a large section of the sky, these figures had to be carefully integrated, which was not an easy task. Pardies’ engraver accomplished this task with great success…The plate(which) shows Hercules, Ophiuchus] Scorpius, Sagittarius, Aquila, and Lyra,..is one of the most stunning compositions in the history of celestial cartography.

from David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

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