MUENSTER, Sebastian (1488-1552)
Furmalung und kunstlich beschreibung der horologien, nemlich wie man der sonnen uren mit mancherley weys und form, und auff allerley gattung entwerffen soll an die mauren
Basel: Heinrich Peter, 1544. Small folio. (11 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches). ,clxvi,pp. Two plates. Illustrated with more than sixty in-text woodcut diagrams. Printer's device on verso of final leaf. (The two plates chipped along the fore-edge with minor losses affecting some of the numbering).
Expertly bound to style in period vellum. Housed in a black morocco backed box.
Provenance: unidentified inscription on title dated 1566; Ex libris Blasij Dasner (inscription on title); Monasterij Rhenoviensis, sub Abbate Eberhardo (inscription dated 1631)
Early edition of a noted mid-16th century work on sundials and horology.
Second German-language edition, following the first edition printed in Basel in 1531 (in Latin) and the first German-language edition of 1537. This is Muenster's revision of his significant work on sundials and horology. The text is illustrated with many woodcuts of sundials, measuring devices, and quadrants, some of them attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. This edition appeared the same year as Muenster's famed Cosmographia .
This copy is especially interesting for the three early ownership inscriptions on the titlepage, as well as two pages of manuscript diagrams and four pages of manuscript notes that follow the text. One signature on the titlepage, written below the printer's name, is dated 1566 and appears to read "Egodolf." Immediately below it is the undated ownership signature "Ex libris Blasij Dasner." At the top of the titlepage is a manuscript note showing that this volume was in the possession of the monastery "Rhenoriensis" in 1631, under the Abbot Eberhard. Rheinau Abbey (also known as Kloster Rheinau), a Benedictine monastery in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in about 778 and suppressed in 1862.
The two full-page manuscript diagrams and four pages of manuscript text at the end deal with the subject of Muenster's work, sundials and problems of solar declination and hour ascension, and their use on different dates and in different latitudes. The diagrams and manuscript notes consider problems that have been taken from Muenster's text. A part of the manuscript is in the form of questions and answers. The first page of manuscript notes contains a diagram of a hand holding a stick, and was a common horological tool of the time.
OCLC locates only six copies of this 1544 edition, with only two of them (Harvard and Folger Shakespeare Library) in the United States.
Brunet 1944-1945; Burmeister 52.