Exhibition: The Astrolabe, East and West


The Queen's astrolabe

This astrolabe was made for Queen Elizabeth I. It carries her coat-of-arms and the inscription 'Elizabeth Dei Gratia AngliŠ FranciŠ & HiberniŠ Regina etc.' From later inscriptions we know that the instrument was owned by John Greaves, Savilian Professor of Astronomy in Oxford, and was used by him in a journey to the Levant in 1637-40. It was presented to the University for the use of the Savilian Professors, by John's brother Nicholas Greaves.
Closeup of Astrolabe, by Thomas Gemini, London, 1559  (Inv. 42223) Astrolabe, by Thomas Gemini, London, 1559  (Inv. 42223)
Astrolabe, by Thomas Gemini, London, 1559 (Inv. 42223)
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