A rare gilt-brass astronomical compendium,  French,  dated 1608,
Lot 123*
A rare gilt-brass astronomical compendium, French, dated 1608,
Sold for £14,400 (US$ 24,178) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A rare gilt-brass astronomical compendium, French, dated 1608,
the diptych dial with pierced lid and the upper outer face with a nocturnal, engraved with hour and calendar scales, volvelle with hour scale mounted at each hour with a small knob so that the instrument could be used by touch during the hours of darkness, engraved floral decoration overall and index arm engraved INDEX, upper inner face engraved with a list of thirty four French towns and latitudes within floral border, hinged equinoctial dial below mounted above the compass bowl (compass missing)engraved with four degree quadrants and each corner with a wind cherub, the base engraved with 180 degree scale and titled Cadran General servant pour toutes provinces 1608, decorated with floral bouquets and engraved with a list of theity eight continental cities and latitudes under the headings Hespaigne, Italie, Angleterre, Allemagne, Grece 2 1/2 by 2 1/8 by 5/8in (6.4 by 5.5 by 1.5cm)

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  • Astronomical compendia are a group of scientific dialling instruments that consists of several parts and performs a number of different functions. They usually include at least one sundial, a nocturnal, a lunar volvelle and a table of cities and their latitudes. Most compendia consist of two or three leaves and due to the fact that they are relatively complicated, normally well engraved and early in date, they highly sought after by collectors.
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