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Sphaera mundi, sive cosmographia quinque libris

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, French, 16th century, Author Oronce Fine (French, 1494–1555), Printer Michel de Vascosan (French, died about 1577)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet II, 1261; Murray, French, 163 (1551 ed.)


Overall: 24.2 x 17 x 1.7 cm (9 1/2 x 6 11/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 45 woodcuts and diagrams

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Michel de Vascosan, 1552) Quarto; 66 leaves; contemporary calf (damaged, rebacked).

Numerous astronomical diagrams, including points of compass printed in black and red (fol. 58v)

Paris: Michel de Vascosan, 1552


Old ownership inscription on title page; Libreria Cecchi, Florence; Leo S. Olschki, Florence, from whom purchased (through Theodor H. Castor & Co., Boston) by MFA, August 7, 1900.

Credit Line

Museum Purchase