Astrolabe - Astrolabium
“Americus Vespuccius, cum quattuor Stellis crucem silente nocte repperit”
Amerigo Vespucci discovered the Southern Cross.
Illustration of a landscape by night. Vespucci holds the Astrolabe in his hand, pointing in the direction of the constellation of the Southern Cross. On the left, in a big cartouche, the Portrait of Dante and a poem of the four stars written by him. Beneath it the signature: Ioan Stradanus invent. Ioan Collaert sculp. Phls Galle excudit.
Out of the series: „Nova reperta – Die Erfindungen der Neuzeit“ (Page 18)
Copper engraving by Hans Collaert (Antwerp 1571 – 1633) after Jan van der Straet also known as Stradanus (1523 – 1605), published by Philips Galle, Antwerp late 16th century.
Size: 20 cm x 27, 8 cm
Magnificent state of the print (state before the actual numbering), wide margins, at the bottom right the corner is slightly missing, altogether in perfect condition.