Auction 139, Lot 67

"Johann Schoner Professor of Mathematics at Nuremberg - A Reproduction of His Globe of 1523 Long Lost…",

Subject: Globes - Book

Period: 1888 (dated)


Color: Black & White

5.5 x 7.5 inches
14 x 19.1 cm

This rare book was created by Henry Stevens, an American bibliographer, to commemorate the Schoner globe he owned. The book describes the work of globe-maker Johann Schoner, and outlines the history of the globe Stevens owned, up until it passed out of his hands. The book features an engraving of Schoner as a frontispiece and a slipcase in the inside back cover containing three folded illustrations:

A. Figures 1-4: the Hunt-Lennox Globe, the gores of the Boulonger Globe, and outlines of the western half of Schoner's first and second globes.
B. Figure 5: The globe gores of Schoner's third globe of 1523.
C. Outline Section for the "Carta da Nauigar per le Isole Nouamte Tr(ovate) in le Parte de L'india" More Commonly Known as the Cantino Map of 1502.

Also included in the book are a facsimile reproduction of Schoner's dedicatory letter to Reymer von Streytperck, translations of other relevant contemporaneous documents, and an introduction by C.H. Coote of the British museum. Published by Chiswick Press. 12mo, 206 pp. Cloth-covered boards with gilt titling on spine and marbled endpapers.


Condition: A

The three sheets in the slipcase are in near fine condition, with a tiny fold separation on the first sheet. There is light foxing on the frontispiece, but text is otherwise in near fine condition. Covers and spine are faded with faint spots, and corners are lightly bumped.

Estimate: $275 - $350


Closed on 2/15/2012