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Sphaera mundi

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, Italian, 15th century, Author Joannes de Sacro Bosco (active 1230), Printer Erhard Ratdolt (German, worked Italy, 1447?–1527/28)

Place of Publication: Venice, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Goff J-405; Essling 258; Sander 6661; BMC V 286; Redgrave, Ratdolt, 27


Overall: 21 x 16 x 1.5 cm (8 1/4 x 6 5/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 40 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 6 July 1482) Quarto; 60 leaves; modern half white cloth, marbled paper boards [water-damaged]. Some woodcuts hand-colored.

Full-page illustration of astronomical mechanism (fol. a1v); other illustrations of astronomical diagrams.

Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 6 July 1482


Leo Olschki, Florence [according to note bound into book "Bought from Olschki's catalogue No. xliii, p. 87, no. 109]; Theodore H. Castor & Co., Boston, from whom purchased by MFA, November 27, 1899

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund, by exchange