Quadrant from 'Margarita Philosophica', London, 1535.

 
Quadrant from 'Margarita Philosophica', London, 1535.
4 0 c m
 
39cm
actual image size: 31cm x 32cm

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Print showing a diagram of a horary quadrant, an astronomical instrument that can be used to determine the time from the position of the Sun and stars. It is taken from 'Margarita Philosophica' (Pearl of Wisdom), 1535 edition (p 1348), written by the medieval philosopher, Gregor Reisch (1467-1525). This encyclopaedic work contains commentaries on the subjects of astronomy, geometry, anatomy and geography.

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