UNUSUAL CZECH URANOSCOPE
Stock Number: 8048
Offered for sale is an unusual antique astronomy instrument , a Uranoscope designed by Professor Adolf Mach. A cardboard planisphere has a projection centered on Prague.
18-5/8" x 19-3/4" (47 x 50 cm)
Early 20th century
Country of manufacture
THE URANOSCOPE OF PROFESSOR ADOLF MACH, Czech, c. early 20th century, signed “Uranoskop. Astronomicko-zemepisny ukazatel. Sestavil prof. Adolf Mach.” Constructed on heavy card, 18-5/8″ x 19-3/4″ (47 x 50 cm), this unusual planisphere has a rotating volvelle of the heavens printed on starched linen, and a rotating brass index pointer, with readout against an outer hour scale divided every minute. Underneath the volvelle is a fixed map of the earth, printed in colors, utilizing a most remarkable projection centered on Prague. Condition is good with general light soiling and wear, and wrinkling to the linen.
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David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at email@example.com.