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Spera Mundi

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Title

Spera Mundi

Subject

Astronomy
Book Illustrations
Incunabula

Description

Artist unknown.
Diagram of an armillary sphere showing the rotation of the zodiac around earth.

Source

Original image in: Sacro Bosco, Joannes de, active 1230. Sphaera mundi (Venice : Bonetus Locatellus for Octavianus Scotus, 4 Oct. 1490), leaf 3v. 1f 7 1490 (Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia)
Sphaera mundi was originally composed in the 13th century by Joannes de Sacro Bosco, a 13th century mathematician and astronomer, also known as John Holywood. The work deals with the shape and apparent movement of the earth and other heavenly bodies and was the single most influential astronomy text for centuries.

Publisher

Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Date

1490

Identifier

1f_7_1490.3v.jpg

Original Format

1 print : woodcut

Physical Dimensions

21 x 14 cm

Citation

“Spera Mundi,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed May 19, 2019, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/2409.

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