Auction 88, Lot 29

"Volvelle",

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1657 (published)

Publication: Theatro del Mundo ye del tiempo Granada

Color: Black & White

Size:
7 x 10 inches
17.8 x 25.4 cm

Copper engraved volvelle, which was used for finding the position of the moon in the zodiac, given the position of the sun and the age of the moon. There is an engraved circle with 31 divisions, into which a separate piece of paper is attached with a red satin ribbon. This rotating inner piece is engraved with intertwining snakes, and marked with twelve months. An extremely interesting apparatus, more amazing for the fact that is still fully functional.

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $140

Closed on 10/2/1999

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