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117
Danti, Egnazio
TRATTATO DELL'USO ET DELLA FABBRICA DELL'ASTROLABIO… CON L'AGGIUNTA DEL PLANISFERIO DEL ROJAS. FLORENCE: HEIRS OF BERNARDO GIUNTA, 1569
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8001,200
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117
Danti, Egnazio
TRATTATO DELL'USO ET DELLA FABBRICA DELL'ASTROLABIO… CON L'AGGIUNTA DEL PLANISFERIO DEL ROJAS. FLORENCE: HEIRS OF BERNARDO GIUNTA, 1569
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 938 GBP
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Danti, Egnazio
TRATTATO DELL'USO ET DELLA FABBRICA DELL'ASTROLABIO… CON L'AGGIUNTA DEL PLANISFERIO DEL ROJAS. FLORENCE: HEIRS OF BERNARDO GIUNTA, 1569
FIRST EDITION, 4to (220 x 150mm.), woodcut device on title with the Medici arms on a globe depicting Asia and Africa, woodcut initials and diagrams, old vellum, new endpapers, modern folding cloth box
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Provenance

J: Delphinus, early inscription on title, deleted; Antonio Santini (1577-1662, the merchant and mathematician, a friend of Galileo who is mentioned in the Difesa, and who later became a monk of the Somaschan order and was buried at Montecitorio), inscription on title-page; Chiesa di San Biagio a Montecitorio, Rome, inscription on title-page; bought from Luigi Gonnelli & figli, Florence, 1993, Catalogue 33, item 336; Erwin Tomash, booklabel

Literature

Edit16 15995; Riccardi i, 389; Tomash & Williams D5; USTC 825459

Catalogue Note

A woodcut on p.124 shows a woman surveyor using an astrolabe (together with dividers, cross-staff, quadrant, and square) to measure a tower. It is “The first picture of a mortal female using a scientific instrument” and “We can conclude that the picture hopes to draw women into the fraternity (sorry!) of instrument users, or even that women were already seen (at least in Italy) as not excluded” (A.V. Simcock, “The Lady and the Astrolabe” in Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society, volume 51, 1996, pp.2-3).

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