• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 88

    GALLUCCI, Giovanni Paolo (1538-c.1621). Theatrum mundi, et temporis. Venice: Giovanni Battista Somasco, 1588. 4° (240 x 175mm). With the errata. 144 woodcuts in the text, of which 50 with volvelles, folding table. (Bifolia of Ooo bound out-of-sequence but present, dampstaining, more pronounced in the first few gatherings, occasional soiling including on title, the first few leaves with very small loss in the margin, a few volvelles possibly repaired.) Contemporary limp vellum (worn, first gathering with later stitch near the foot). Provenance: ?Birago (indistinct 17th-century title inscription).

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    GALLUCCI, Giovanni Paolo (1538-c.1621). Theatrum mundi, et temporis. Venice: Giovanni Battista Somasco, 1588. 4° (240 x 175mm). With the errata. 144 woodcuts in the text, of which 50 with volvelles, folding table. (Bifolia of Ooo bound out-of-sequence but present, dampstaining, more pronounced in the first few gatherings, occasional soiling including on title, the first few leaves with very small loss in the margin, a few volvelles possibly repaired.) Contemporary limp vellum (worn, first gathering with later stitch near the foot). Provenance: ?Birago (indistinct 17th-century title inscription).

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, OF THE FIRST MODERN CELESTIAL ATLAS. Gallucci's atlas is the first to make us of Copernicus's catalogue of coordinates, and presents the 48 maps of the Ptolemaic constellations with striking and original constellation figures. In this copy the unsigned leaf showing Cepheus is present, and bound between Mm4 and Nn1. Adams G-168; Mortimer Italian 206; Palau 96931; Riccardi I:568.


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