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Engraved capital with armillary sphere, 1556.

Engraved capital with armillary sphere, 1556.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm


Woodcut showing a natural philosopher is using dividers to measure the ecliptic on an armillary sphere. The first letters of sections of books were often placed within a decorative frame together with appropriate subjects. Illustration from 'The castle of knowledge' by Robert Record (1510?-1558), published in London in 1556.

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