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    Sale 5808

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    8 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 41

    DANTI, Egnatio (1536-86). Trattato dell'uso et della fabbrica dell'astrolabio. Florence: Giunti, 1569. Small 4° (221 x 145mm). Woodcut arms of Medici with globe on title, repeated on verso of A3, 12 woodcut diagrams, 19 historiated initials (light worming in inner gutter of first and last few leaves, some spotting). Contemporary vellum (endpapers and pastedowns a little wormed, lightly soiled).

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    DANTI, Egnatio (1536-86). Trattato dell'uso et della fabbrica dell'astrolabio. Florence: Giunti, 1569. Small 4° (221 x 145mm). Woodcut arms of Medici with globe on title, repeated on verso of A3, 12 woodcut diagrams, 19 historiated initials (light worming in inner gutter of first and last few leaves, some spotting). Contemporary vellum (endpapers and pastedowns a little wormed, lightly soiled).

    FIRST EDITION of the earliest Italian astronomical treatise in the vernacular, on how to make and use your own astrolabe. Danti was employed by Cosimo I de' Medici, who was so pleased by his cosmographer's work that he requested him to leave his Dominican monastery to reside in his palace. Adams D123; Gunther Astrolabes of the World p.331; Houzeau & Lancaster I, 3288 ('Rare'); Riccardi I, 389.1 ('Raro').


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