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Astrolabium. Americus Vespuccius, cum quattuor Stellis crucem silente nocte repperit
Antwerp. unbound. Adrian Collaert. View. Uncolored engraving. Images measures 8" x 10.75".Night sky scene from Stradanus' "Americae Retectio", circa 1605. A starry sky surrounds Amerigo Vespucci measuring the earth's circumference based on the constellation of the Southern Cross. The explorer is surrounded by various technological instruments and his sleeping crew. An inset includes a portrait of Dante Alighieri, who wrote about the same constellation in his "Divine Comedy". Johannes Stradanus or van der Straat, (1523-1605) was a Flemish artist but spent much of his life in Florence. Stradanus sent his original drawings of "Nova Reperta" ("New Inventions"), a Renaissance celebration of recent discoveries both scientific and geographical, to Antwerp where they were first engraved and published by Phillipe Galle. This edition was engraved by Adrian Collaert, who worked for Galle. Plate no. 18, Trimmed to neat line.
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