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Sphaera mundi (Sphere of the World)

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, Italian, 15th century, Author Joannes de Sacro Bosco (active 1230), Printer Joannes Lucilius Santritter, Printer Hieronymus de Sanctis (Italian)

Place of Publication: Venice, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Goff J-407; Essling 260; Sander 6663; BMC V 462


Overall: 20.5 x 15.7 x 1.5 cm (8 1/16 x 6 3/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with two full-page woodcuts and numerous woodcut illustrations, some hand-colored

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Venice: Joannes Lucilius Santritter and Hieronymus de Sanctis, 31 March 1488) Quarto; 69 leaves; buff paper boards.

Selected illustrations: Figure of Astronomy, Uranus, and Ptolemy (fol. A1v); astronomical instrument (A4v); color-printed diagrams (D5r, D8r, E2r, E6r&v, F1v, F5r&v

Venice: Joannes Lucilius Santritter and Hieronymus de Sanctis, 31 March 1488


Leo S. Olschki, Florence; Theodore H. Castor & Co., Boston, from whom purchased by MFA, April 12, 1900

Credit Line

Museum Purchase