Augsburg: Walchschen Kunstverlag, 1804.
Copper plate engraving with original hand color. Sheet measure 22.5" x 27".
This incredible 1804 celestial map by Johann Walch depicts the stars and constellations of the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere in beautiful detail. The chart also includes the equator, ecliptic and date settings. Below the two hemispheres, a tabular representation of the stars in the night sky is also featured. The chart is centered on a poem by Albrecht von Haller roughly translates to "Choice to go deep in the air, and the vast sky was alive when walking, running to meet standards in all our stars. Who knows: the stars are perhaps a seat of the ghosts, as the vicious one rules here, there is the virtue master". The map is in good condition with minor wear along original centerfold and foxing. Minor verso repairs along edges and near bottom margin.
Johann Walch, born in Germany in 1757, was a printer, painter, draftsman, engraver, cartographer and publisher. This is a beautiful example of his work.