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Angelus, Joannes
ASTROLABIUM. VENICE: JOHANNES EMERICUS DE SPIRA, FOR LUCANTONIO GIUNTA, 9 JUNE 1494
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
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Angelus, Joannes
ASTROLABIUM. VENICE: JOHANNES EMERICUS DE SPIRA, FOR LUCANTONIO GIUNTA, 9 JUNE 1494
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Angelus, Joannes
ASTROLABIUM. VENICE: JOHANNES EMERICUS DE SPIRA, FOR LUCANTONIO GIUNTA, 9 JUNE 1494
4to (217 x 154mm.), 174 leaves (of 176), [*]4 a–e8 f–s4 t–y8 z12 A–C8 D12, 44 lines plus headline, woodcut illustrations, woodcut printer's device on title-page, different woodcut device beneath colophon, a remboitage of contemporary blind-stamped calf over wooden boards by Ludovicus Ravescot or his successor (Goldschmidt 26), lacking *2-3, A1 and blank leaf D12, title-page extensively repaired, quires e-f misbound, v6 misbound, some leaves supplied from a shorter copy (e8, f1-2, f4, h1, i3, o2, s1, t1, t3-4, t6, v2, v4-5, v2, v4-6, x1, x3, x5, y4, y6, z2, z5, D10-11), t6 defective, duplicate of v4 bound in quire y, D8 misbound in quire e, rebacked; sold not subject to return
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Provenance

John Thorton (or Morton), inscription on title-page; John Hagar, inscription on title-page and final blank

Literature

Goff A712; HC 1101; BMC v 539; BSB-Ink E-64; Bod-inc A-284; GW 1901; Klebs 375.2; Sander 384

Catalogue Note

A reprint of the 1488 Ratdolt edition. Joannes Angelus (or Engel), astronomer and medical man (d. 1512), studied under Regiomontanus in Vienna and subsequently became professor there. According to the statement on e8 verso, the 'figure celi' or horoscopes (quires f-r) are by the thirteenth-century medical writer Pietro d'Abano. The astronomical woodcuts are the famous series often used by Ratdolt, for example in his edition of Hyginus from 1482. Angelus is known to have worked as a proof reader for Ratdolt.

The bindings of Ludovicus Ravescot have been studied by Georges Colin ("A new list of the bindings of Ludovicus Ravescot", in Incunabula: studies in fifteenth-century printed books presented to Lotte Hellinga (London, 1999), pp.353-370). The rebus stamp (containing a bird, "raaf", the letters "ve" and a bow, "schot") is thought to represent Ravescot's name; the other stamps used on this binding comprise a pelican, an enclosed garden, a wyvern, and a double-headed eagle. Colin opines that Ravescot sold on his bindery when he took up printing in the 1480s, so this binding may have been executed by his successor (Colin's Second Phase Binder). This book does not feature in Colin's list.

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