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Publisher: MÜNSTER, Sebastian.
Title: Compositio horologiorum, in plano, muro, truncis, anulo, con concavo, cylindro & variis quadrantibus, cum signorum zodiaci & diversarum horarum inscriptionibus.
Published in: Basel, H. Petri, 1531
   
Size: 7.9 x 5.9 inches.
20.0 x 14.9 cm.
Coloring:

Uncoloured.
Condition: 4to [195 x 142 mm], (8 pp. on 4) ll., 198 pp., (2 pp. on1 l.). Full leather binding, double border blind stamped on verso and recto, spine ribbed (6), title 'COMB. HOROL.' in gold on spine.

Very good condition, modern calf binding, few ancient annotations in a very fine and small handwriting in the margins, full index of the chapters in the same handwriting on last page around the impressum "Basileae Excudebat Henricus Petrus Mense Martio Anno M.D.XXXI.'
Some old water stains at the top of some pages, not very disturbing

The folding plate, out of pagination, entitled 'Typus universalis horologiorum muralium…' isn’t in our example, as it is almost never present in the 1531 edition of the Compositio horologiorum and there is doubt that it has ever been joined to this edition.

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First edition of Sebastian Münster’s important treatise on sundials (gnomonics), the "first exhaustive inventory of sundials models”, part of the illustration being attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger.
Hollstein (German engravings, 1400-1700) attributes 5 of these engravings to Hans Holbein the Youngest: these are the ones of pages 39, 166, 173, 177.

Reference: Adams, M 1916 ; Brunet III, 1944 ; Burmeister, Sebastian Münster, 1694, n° 49 ; Hollstein, German engravings 1400-1700, vol. XIV A, n° 88 a-e ; Hieronymus, 1488 Petri-Schwabe 1988, Bâle, 1997 ; Musée de Bâle, Die Malerfamilie Holbein in Basel, 1960, 426-4



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