Rare treatise on Sundials

By SEITZ, David, 1649 
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Planetaria, calendars, and dials
  • Author: SEITZ, David
  • Publication place: Augsburg
  • Publication date: 1649.
  • Physical description: Octavo, (195 by 160mm), title, [36]p., 17 engraved plates, tipped in throughout the work, original red marbled paper covers.
  • Dimensions: 192 by 160mm. (7.5 by 6.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2200

Notes

A rare and only edition of David Seitz’s work on sundials.

Little is known about the author; presumably a talented amateur. The work itself gives a detailed guide to the theory and practical applications on sundials, with the work being illustrated by 17 engraved plates. Nuremberg had been a major centre for the production of sundials from the early 1500s, and Seitz’s work reflects 150 years of accumulated knowledge. 

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