51.3 MB (2.6 MB compressed)
4216 x 4252 pixels
35.8 x 36.1 cm ⏐ 14.1 x 14.2 in (300dpi)
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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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