41 of 520
Sorted by:
Instrument type

Signed by Erasmus Habermel
circa 1590; German
Brass; 420 mm in diameter

The rete of this unusually large astrolabe has a typical Flemish pattern, inspired by the Arsenius workshop in Louvain.

The only plate is engraved with a list of cities with latitude 50? as indicated (extendable to 49 and 51?). On the mater there is a quadratum nauticum, with the directions engraved in Dutch and Italian. On the calendar scale on the back are also indicated the dates of several ecclesiastical festivals.

The astrolabe is said to have been in the possession of the Haupsburg family, but it is not known when it was acquired by the family itself. Before being owned by the Museum of History of Science in Oxford, it belonged to the Michel collection in Brussels.

Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
Inventory number 38097

© Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. All rights reserved. Information and images provided here may not be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the museum.

Basic URL:

|| Introduction || Essay || Museums || Bibliography || Conventions || Credits || Privacy || Help ||
|Catalogue entries |Handlist || Makers || Places || Articles || Glossary || Search || Home ||