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Gemma Frisius (1508-1555)
DE ASTROLABO CATHOLICO. ANTWERP: J. STEELSIUS (AND J. GRAPHEUS), 1556
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Gemma Frisius (1508-1555)
DE ASTROLABO CATHOLICO. ANTWERP: J. STEELSIUS (AND J. GRAPHEUS), 1556
Estimate
3,0004,000
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Gemma Frisius (1508-1555)
DE ASTROLABO CATHOLICO. ANTWERP: J. STEELSIUS (AND J. GRAPHEUS), 1556
FIRST EDITION, 8vo (162 x 100mm.), woodcut vignette on title, full-page coat-of-arms, illustrations and diagrams, 2 folding plates, contemporary vellum (with modern printed label on spine, slightly spotted, a few side-notes just shaved, lacking ties
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Provenance

"ad usus Gasparii servantii", old inscription on title; sale in these rooms 23 April 1987, lot 186, Quaritch; bought from Bernard Quaritch, London, 1990

Literature

Tomash & Williams G37; Crone Library 60; Hoogendoorn p.369 GemF08; Houzeau & Lancaster 3276 (mentions an edition of 1550, but the instrument was not invented by Gemma Frisius until 1555); USTC 403235

Catalogue Note

This work was unfinished at Gemma Frisius' death in 1555 and was completed by his son Cornelius (1535-1578) and published in the following year. Gemma had founded a workshop which produced globes and mathematical instruments and was noted for his skills as an instrument-maker by Tycho Brahe, among others. In this work he describes the construction and use of an astrolabe of his own devising and includes sections on eclipses and their observation, sundials and horoscopes.

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