Woodcut of a cosmolabe

Woodcut of a cosmolabe

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Caption: Cosmolabe. 16th century woodcut illustration showing a cosmolabe. A cosmolabe is an instrument similar to an astrolabe used to measure angles between celestial objects. This cosmolabe, also described as a 'universal instrument', was designed by Jacques Besson to be used in astrometry, cartography, navigation and surveying. This illustration was published in 'Le cosmolabe' by Besson at Paris in 1567.

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Keywords: 1500s, 1567, 16th century, astrolabe, astrometry, astronomy, besson, black, cartography, cosmolabe, drawing, french, illustration, instrument, monochrome, navigation, surveying, theatrum instrumentorum, universal, vertical. portrait, white, woodcut

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