ARMILLÆ ÆQUATORIÆ

Description
Tycho Brahe, the preeminent astronomical observer of the 16th century, established an observatory on the Danish island of Hven in the 1570s and built an impressive assortment of astronomical instruments. Among these were several large armillary spheres designed for observational rather than pedagogical purposes. This hand-colored engraving represents one of those instruments. 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
date made
1662
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: 23 in x 16 1/4 in x 7/8 in; 58.42 cm x 41.275 cm x 2.2225 cm
ID Number
PH*330345
catalog number
330345
accession number
288766
subject
Astronomy
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
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Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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