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Publisher: RITTER, F.
Title: [Horological diagrams surrounding a smaller world map]
Published in: Nuremberg 1640
Size: 10.7 x 13.1 inches.
27.3 x 33.3 cm.

Condition: Dark impression, folds as issued. Trimmed to neat line with no evidence of loss. Two printers' creases in lower part. One diagram cut out and missing paper reinforced.
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This beautiful engraving has nine (of ten) horological diagrams surrounding a smaller map, which omits any delineation of the British Isles. Projected from the North Pole, the map covers about three fourths of the sphere, extending south as far as Patagonia and southern Madagascar, both of which run off the map. The continents appear wildly distorted by common convention due to the map's unusual projection, in which the scale adjusts according to distance from the North Pole. Consequently, the further a landmass is from the North Pole, the larger it appears. Here, the continents of the Southern Hemisphere, Africa and South America, dominate the page.

The central horological diagram with date 1607. Apparently another later state without the date exists.
Remarkable for the elaborately engraved decorative border.
From "Speculum solis, das ist, Sonnenspiegel. Beschreibung unnd unterricht, derer in das kupffer gestochenen sonnenuhren, in welcher der gantze lauff der sonnen, unnd dess mondten durch deroselben schatten zu sehen ist", Nuremberg 1640.

Franz Ritter was an astronomer and cartographer, perhaps best-known his 'sundial' world map. Ritter specialized in the design and manufacture of astrolabes, sundials, and other scientific instruments.
Reference: Shirley (1993), The Mapping of the World: Early Printed World Maps 1472-1700, no. 270, and numbered separately later in his electronic Corrigenda and Addenda as entry 260(A).

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