Catalog Archive
Auction 102, Lot 55

"[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

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 pointer (Index) engraved with the twelve signs of the zodiac and mounted at the center with a red satin ribbon.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $150

Closed on 3/5/2003