A rare sixteenth century paper astrolabe signed by the famous instrument maker Philippe Danfrie
By DANFRIE, Philippe, 1578
- Author: DANFRIE, Philippe
- Publication place: Paris
- Publisher: Philippe Danfrie
- Publication date: 1578.
- Physical description: Engraving mounted on a solid oak board, suspension by brass ring, missing a few small areas of printed paper on the rete. Diameter 216 mm; width 18mm.
- Inventory reference: 2969
We are only aware of five other surviving Danfrie paper astrolabes: one dated 1578, missing one of the seven plates but with brass rete, sold at Christie’s South Kensington in 1998; another dated 1578 in the Service Hydrographique de la Marine; one dated 1584 described in Tesseract; another dated 1584 in the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford; and a further 1584 example at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, Washington DC.
- A.J. Turner, Paper, ‘Print and Mathematics: Philippe Danfrie and the making of mathematical instruments in late 16th century Paris’, in Studies in the History of Scientific Instruments (1989), pp. 22–42
- Robert Gunther, Astrolabes of the World (1932), pp. 358–359
- Maurice Daumas, Les instruments scientifiques aux XVIIème & XVIIIème siècles (1953), p.24.