Auction 123, Lot 72

"No. 5 Horologium Horizontale Signa Zodiaci Ascendentia ec, Cotinens ad Latitud. XLVIIII Gr XXIIII Scr.", Ritter, Franz

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1640 (dated)

Publication: Speculum Solis…

Color: Hand Color

14.5 x 11.5 inches
36.8 x 29.2 cm

Franz Ritter was a German mathematician and astronomer whose works are extremely rare. This beautiful engraving is an horological diagram remarkable for the elaborately engraved decorative border. At top is a large cartouche and at bottom is a compass rose, both surrounded by meticulously engraved designs.


Condition: B+

A dark impression and attractive color. The margins are narrow, as issued, and have been professionally extended by the leaf casting method. There are a couple lines of facsimile in top corners.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $600

Closed on 2/20/2008