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Auction 125, Lot 58

"[Lot of 21 Woodblock Illustrations]", Galluci, Giovanni Paolo

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1545 (circa)

Publication: Theatro del Mundo y del Tiempo

Color: Black & White

5.8 x 8.7 inches
14.7 x 22.1 cm

These interestings leaves are from Gallucci's early, important star atlas. The atlas included numerous illustrations and diagrams such as armillary spheres and planetary orbits, and volvelles that 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. Gallucci's work, originally published in Latin (Theatrum Mundi, et Temporis…) in 1588, was completed only 45 years after Copernicus's landmark astronomical work. It is notable for being the first star atlas to use a complete coordinate system. The atlas was very popular and went through numerous printings including Spanish editions from 1606-57. This lot of woodcuts illustrate several astronomical concepts.


Condition: B+

Some light damp stains and a few small holes.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $170

Closed on 9/24/2008