Astrolabe Catalogue


Date 1542
Maker Georg Hartmann
Place Nuremberg
Material Wood
Acquisition Presented by Lewis Evans in 1924
Accession 1924-0/2024


Evans bought it from Guggenheim, a dealer in Venice, in 1895. An early or perhaps the original owner was Leonardo Botallo (1530-1587), an Italian physician and anatomist, whose patrons included Catherine de' Medici and king Charles IX of France; he published a number of medical works in the 1560s and 1570s. He has written in ink around the edge 'leonardi a bottalis a[s]tensis'. He was a native of Asti, in northern Italy, and if the astrolabe belonged to him as a student he could well have been its original owner.
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