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Gallucci, Giovanni Paolo (1538-1621?)
THEATRUM MUNDI, ET TEMPORIS, IN QUO NON SOLUM PRECIPUAE HORUM PARTES DESCRIBUNTUR, & RATIO METIENDI EAS TRADITUR, SED ACCOMODATISSIMIS FIGURIS SUB OCULOS LEGENTIUM FACILE PONUNTUR. VENICE: GIOVANNI BATTISTA SOMASCO, 1588
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
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216
Gallucci, Giovanni Paolo (1538-1621?)
THEATRUM MUNDI, ET TEMPORIS, IN QUO NON SOLUM PRECIPUAE HORUM PARTES DESCRIBUNTUR, & RATIO METIENDI EAS TRADITUR, SED ACCOMODATISSIMIS FIGURIS SUB OCULOS LEGENTIUM FACILE PONUNTUR. VENICE: GIOVANNI BATTISTA SOMASCO, 1588
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Gallucci, Giovanni Paolo (1538-1621?)
THEATRUM MUNDI, ET TEMPORIS, IN QUO NON SOLUM PRECIPUAE HORUM PARTES DESCRIBUNTUR, & RATIO METIENDI EAS TRADITUR, SED ACCOMODATISSIMIS FIGURIS SUB OCULOS LEGENTIUM FACILE PONUNTUR. VENICE: GIOVANNI BATTISTA SOMASCO, 1588
FIRST EDITION, 4to (243 x 178mm.), title with woodcut printer’s device, woodcut diagrams and illustrations including 50 diagrams with volvelles (see note), and 48 illustrations of constellations, folding table at end, contemporary calf gilt, new endpapers, modern folding cloth box, P1 with lower corner repaired not affecting text, folding table repaired with slight loss, binding rubbed and rebacked
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Provenance

bought from Libreria Antiquaria Mediolanum, Milan, 1987

Literature

Tomash & Williams G24; Edit16 20287; Riccardi i, 568; USTC 831617

Catalogue Note

THE FIRST STAR-ATLAS TO USE COPERNICAN CO-ORDINATES. Gallucci's works are renowned for their visual impact and the present example is no exception."There are 48 woodcut maps of the Ptolemaic constellations, each of which is preceded by a catalogue of the included stars identifying position within the constellation, latitude and longitude (in degrees and minutes), magnitude, and nature ... The longitudes on Gallucci's catalog and on his map are those published by Copernicus in De Revolutionibus (1543)" (Warner). The constellation figures are extremely lively and original here. In this copy the unsigned leaf showing the constellation Cepheus is present (between Mm4 and NN1). The Theatrum mundi was extremely popular, and was published again in 1589 and 1603 and the Spanish translation of 1606 appeared in three subsequent editions.

The number of volvelles in this work varies. Normally, either 50 or 51 diagrams have them, with up to a total of 74 movable parts. The present copy has 53 volvelles on 50 diagrams.

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