Compass rose, 1552 artwork

Compass rose, 1552 artwork

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Credit: ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Compass rose, 16th century artwork. The text labels are in Old French, marking the four compass points and twelve intermediate points. The Old French labels are: North, Est, Su and Oest. The English equivalents being: North, East, South and West. Each point is joined by a curved or straight line to the other fifteen points, creating a pattern of 120 lines joining all sixteen compass points. This artwork is from the 1552 edition of Sphaera Mundi, by the French mathematician and cartographer Oronce Fine (1494-1555). Sphaera Mundi (Sphere of the World) was an astronomy textbook with woodcut illustrations by Fine. It was first published in 1542.

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