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Auction 100, Lot 56

"[Volvelle]", Galluci, Giovanni Paolo

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1657 (published)

Publication: Theatro del Mundo ye del tiempo Granada

Color: Black & White

7 x 10 inches
17.8 x 25.4 cm
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A fascinating and fully functional volvelle. Galluci included fifty-one different volvelles in the "Theatro del Mundo." These were used to solve problems concerning the calendar, tide tables, the rising and setting of the sun, moon, or stars, and the positions of planets. This example consists of an engraved circular calendar, inside of which is mounted a moveable disk engraved with 30 divisions and the zodiac sign Cancer. An additional moveable pointer (Index) is then mounted at the center with a red satin ribbon.


Condition: A

Minor foxing on sheet, volvelle fine.

Estimate: $100 - $150

Sold for: $110

Closed on 9/12/2002