Astrolabium planu[m] in tabulis ascendens : co[n]tinens qualibet hora atq[ue] mi[nu]to : equationes domoru[m] celi : mora[m] nati in vtero matris cu[m] quoda[m] tractatu natiuitatu[m] vtili ac ornato : nec no[n] horas inequales [pro] quo libet climate mundi.

Accession number: 
PML 55175
Angelus, Johannes, 1463-1512.
Auguste vindelicoru[m] : Erhardi ratdolt Auguste[n]sis, Vigesimoseptimo kalendas Nouembris. M.cccc.lxxxviij [27 November (or 6 Oct.?) 1488].
[176] leaves (last two blank) : illustrations (woodcuts) ; 25 cm. (4to)
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Purchased in 1965.

Title from leaf [1]/1r.
Imprint from colophon, leaf D10v: Opus Astrolabij plani in tabulis: a Joha[n]ne Angeli artium liberaliu[m] magistro a noua elaboratu[m]: explicit feliciter. Erhardi ratdolt Auguste[n]sis viri solertis: eximia industria: [et] mira imprimendi arte: qua nup[er] venecijs: nunc Auguste vindelicoru[m] excellet nominatissimus. Vigesimoseptimo kalendas Nouembris. M.cccc.lxxxviij.
Printed in Ratdolt's types 8:90R, 4:76G, and 9:130G.
Signatures: [1]⁴; a-e⁸ f-s⁴ t-y⁸ z¹² A-C⁸ D¹²: 176 leaves, leaves D11-12 blank.
Paper format: Chancery quarto.
40 lines to a full-page; area of text: 151 x 123 mm. With ornamental woodcut initials, signatures; without foliation and catchwords. Register at end.
Contains astrological tables and over 400 woodcut illustrations including 80 miniatures, depicting the influence of the 12 signs of the zodiac on everyday life; features larger woodcuts of the individual constellations of the zodiac. Ratdolt reused many of the woodblocks from earlier astrological works. Cf. Schreiber, v. 5, pt. 1, p. xxxii.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 22.8 x 17 cm.
PML copy missing 1 leaf: D12 (blank) or used for rear pastedown.

Contemporary blind- and gold-tooled dark brown calf over wooden boards (24 x 17.5 cm.), sewn on 3 supports, for King Vladislav II, successor to Matthias Corvinus. Plain paper pastedowns and fly leaves; plain endbands; gilt and gauffered edges. 2 clasps, missing. This binding has been attributed to the Corvinus binder and to the "Kanonikus-Wolf-Meister," a workshop in Buda "not otherwise known to have bound for the royal library," see Needham.

Hand decoration: Rubricated, printed initials highlighted in red, paragraph marks, and capital strokes. Marginal numbering through most of 'Significatio' section. Annotations: No marginal notations in text.

Vladislav II, King of Bohemia and Hungary (1456-1516), armorial binding; unidentified ownership stamps, abraded (leaf [1]/1r); unidentified inscription: "D. Divis S." (leaf [1]/1r); C.W. Dyson Perrins, armorial and round booklabels (front pastdown); his sale, Sotheby's. 10 March 1947, lot 548; John Roland Abbey, armorial booklabel (front pastedown), purchased at Dyson Perrins sale, with purchase inscription: JA3561, 10:3:1947 (rear pastedown); his sale, Sotheby's, part I, 21 June 1965, lot 31; Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased at Abbey sale via E.P. Goldschmidt, July 1965.