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Breve compendio de la sphera y de la arte de navegar: con nuevos instrumentos y reglas, exemplificado con muy subtiles demonstraciones.

Martín CORTÉS (Author)

Antón Álvarez (Printer)

Origin: Seville, XVI c.
Biblioteca Histórica de la Universitat de València. Coedition with Universitat de València.

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Facsimile. Old Books. Collection of Incunabula and Old Books.
20,5 x 30 cm.
99+3 crd.
198+6 crd.
27th May 1551.
13th November 1996.
Parchment on wooden board.
Navigation and Cosmography.
Presentation dust jacket cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.
Numbered by notary and signed by the printer-publisher.
Specially made laid paper.
Optional: Study in Spanish carried out by Vicente Escartí Soriano (Professor of Philology of the Universitat de València). Included in
Bibliofilia Antigua IV.
Facsimile completed with the sheet M2 from the copy R-2104 from Biblioteca Nacional de España (National Spanish Library). With mobile spheres.

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Printed in Seville in the XVI century, it is the work of the Aragonese cosmographer and navigator Martín Cortés, a Cádiz resident for most of his life, where he was a teacher.

This is a most particular interesting piece in Spanish scientific history and for this reason a copy was included in the exposition "Science through the ages", which took place in the Oxford Bodleian Library some years ago. This work states the variability of magnetic declination of the compass in different places on the globe, as opposed to the generalized opinion stated in other works of the time. Due to the recognition of its worth and interest in the XVI century comes the translation into English, which was carried out by Richard Eden which during the XVI century had six London editions.


IBIC Rating:

AC History of art / art & design styles
ACN History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
ACND Renaissance art
AFF Drawing & drawings
AFH Prints & printmaking
AFJ Other graphic art forms
AFT Decorative arts
AGH Human figures depicted in art
DNF Literary essays
DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
HBJD European history
HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
HBTM Maritime history
PDX History of science
PGC Theoretical & mathematical astronomy
RBP Meteorology & climatology
TRLN Navigation & seamanship
WCS Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter
WSSN Boating
WSSN3 Sailing

1D Europe
1DSE Spain
1DSEA Andalucia, Autonomous Community
1DSEC Aragón, Autonomous Community
1QS Oceans & seas
2ADS Spanish
3JB c 1500 to c 1600