Western Astrolabes: Historic Scientific Instruments of the Adler Planetarium

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In this volume Roderick and Marjorie Webster, Adler Curators Emeriti, present the Western Astrolabes from the Adler collection. The earliest of these instruments dates from the workshops of the greatest craftsmen of the Renaissance. All are described here and illustrated lavishly with photographs showing the front, the back, and additional details. Introductory essays by the Websters and Sara Schechner explain the use of the astrolabe and its role in cultural and social history, while the appendices and bibliography provide information essential to the specialist.

Volume I: Western Astrolabes
Chicago: Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, 1998
Authors: Roderick S. Webster and Marjorie K. Webster