Auction 119, Lot 55

"No. I Amplissimis Nobilissimis Prudentissimisq, Viris, Inclitae Noribergensium Reipublicae se Natoribus", Ritter, Franz

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1640 (dated)

Publication: Speculum Solis…

Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 11.4 inches
36.3 x 29 cm

This beautiful engraving is an horological diagram, remarkable for the elaborately engraved decorative border. At the top is a large cartouche and at bottom is a 32-point wind rose flanked by birds and flowers in an ornate setting. A very unusual cartographic curiosity by Franz Ritter, a German mathematician and astronomer whose works are extremely rare.


Condition: A

Side margins professionally extended to better accommodate framing. Tiny rust spot in image, still overall very good.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000


Closed on 5/9/2007