London, South Kensington
8 April 2009
[De Globo Caelesti], in Latin, manuscript on paper [late 17th -- early 18th century]. 194 x 135mm. 185 pages (plus blanks), gatherings of 8 numbered in upper margin, written in brown ink in a neat italic hand, in two parts, including tables and 3 diagrams, diagrams in the second part not supplied, paperstock mid 17th century, with anchor watermark, similar to Piccard 119048 (occasional light spotting, mainly marginal). 16th-century vellum, titled on spine in manuscript (slight wear to extremities, wormed at joint). Provenance: Howel Wills, Balliol College (inscribed on front pastedown).
A treatise on the celestial globe, opening 'Quid, et quotuplex sit Globus', arranged in 14 chapters and by 'Problema' numbered I-LV. An accompanying note suggests that the work originally appeared in 1571. With 4 others. (5)
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