Sphaera mundi (Sphere of the World)
Goff J-406; Essling 259; Sander 6662; BMC V 290; Redgrave, Ratdolt, 57
Overall: 22.2 x 16.6 x 2 cm (8 3/4 x 6 9/16 x 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Illustrated book with 62 woodcuts, of which seven are color-printed
Not On View
(Venice: Erhard Ratdolt [before 4 November] 1485) Quarto; 58 leaves; half vellum, thick beige paper wraps, beige cloth box.
Selected illustrations: astronomical instrument (fol. 1 1v); color-printed diagrams (fols. 3 2v, 3 8r; 4 4r; 4 5r; 4 8r; 5 3v [three colors: black, red, ochre]; 5 4r
Venice: Erhard Ratdolt [before 4 November] 1485
Early [ownership?] inscriptions on recto of first leaf; Theodore H. Castor & Co., Boston, from whom purchased by MFA August 17, 1899.
Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund, by exchange