Astrolabe Catalogue


Date 1609
Maker Johann Krabbe
Place Germany
Material Wood
Acquisition Presented by Lewis Evans in 1924
Accession 1924-0/2031


Evans acquired it with the Lagermann collection, which he bought in Munich in 1910. Nothing more is known of this collector. The plate from which this paper astrolabe was printed was originally dated 1583 in Munden, but the signature re-worked when it was issued with Krabbe's book at Wolfenbüttel in 1609. It has been mounted and made up into a working instrument in or after that date, either by Krabbe or by an owner of the book. The arms are those of Krabbe's patron Henricus Julius, Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg, to whom he was geometer.
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