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Art at Auction 1997-1998 / Sotheby's ; Nauman B ; Basquiat JM ; Apollinaire G ; Apianus P., 1998

Identifier: CC-31395-32882

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Scope and Contents

Petrus Apianus' illustrated book, "Astronomicum Caesareum" (1540) is depicted and described. The Sackner Archive holds a facsimile edition of this work. The catalogue entry of this original masterpiece states: "This copy is a magnificent example of 16th-century bookmaking. The Astronomicum Caesareum contains a broad analysis of Ptolemaic astronomy and is notable for Apianus's pioneering observations on comets, particularly his discovery that comets always point their tails away from the sun. The elaborate folio includes more than 100 woodcut and typographic diagrams, vignettes and illustrations in the text, many with movable type." -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 1998



0 See container summary (1 hard cover book (191 pages) in dust jacket) ; 28.7 x 24.8 x 2.3 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

box shelf

Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: London, England : Sotheby & Co.. Nationality of creator: British. General: Added by: RED; updated by: RED.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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