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Clarissimi Hyginii Astronomi De mundi et sphaerae

Poeticon Astronomicon

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century, Author C. Julius Hyginus, Printer Melchiorre Sessa (Italian, active 1506–1549), Printer Pietro de' Ravani (Italian, active 1516–1525)

Place of Publication: Venice, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sander 3478; Essling 291; British Museum, STC Italian, p. 337


Overall: 21.1 x 15.5 x 1.2 cm (8 5/16 x 6 1/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 49 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Venice: Melchiorre Sessa and Pietro de’ Ravani, 1517) Quarto; 48 leaves; half black morocco, marbled paper boards (blue cloth box).

Illustrations: title-page figure of Ptolemy personifying Astronomy with instruments and attendant figures of Astromony and Urania; astronomical sphere (title verso); figures of constellations, planets, and signs of the zodiac in text.

Venice: Melchiorre Sessa and Pietro de’ Ravani, 1517


Henry P. Rossiter, Boston, by whom given to MFA, January 11, 1945

Credit Line

Gift of Henry P. Rossiter