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Inventory no. 70229 - Former Display Label

PTOLEMAIC ARMILLARY SPHERE of unknown origin.

c.1580

Not signed and not dated. Brass; ht: 991 mm. This is an armillary sphere constructed according to the planetary system of Ptolemy. It shows the great circles of the heavens and the ecliptic; no fixed stars are indicated. The base is engraved with the coat of arms and quarterings, crest and badge of Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland, K.G. (1564-1632), generally known as 'The Wizard Earl'.

In 1601, this armillary sphere was presented to the Bodleian Library by Sir Josias Bodley, the Founder's brother. It came to Oxford in 1613.

Lent by the Curators of the Bodleian Library in 1952.

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Inventory No. 70229, "Armillary Sphere, Italian?, c. 1580" [1951-55]