QUADRANS MAGNUS CHALIBEUS

Description
Tycho Brahe, the preeminent astronomical observer of the 16th century, established an observatory on the Danish island of Hven in the 1570s. There he built an impressive assortment of astronomical instruments. Among these was a large steel quadrant on an azimuthal base. This engraving represents that instrument. It was published in Joan Blaeu, Atlas Maior, vol. 1, book 2 (Amsterdam, 1662). It is derived from an engraving that first appeared in Tycho Brahe, Astronomiae Instauratae Mechanica (Wandesburg, 1598).
Location
Currently not on view
place made
Nederland: Noord-Holland, Amsterdam
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 1/2 in x 10 3/4 in; 41.91 cm x 27.305 cm
overall: frame: 23 1/2 in x 18 in x 3/4 in; 59.69 cm x 45.72 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
PH*319248
catalog number
319248
accession number
236083
subject
Astronomy
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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