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dc.contributor.author Gibbs, Sharon en
dc.contributor.author Saliba, George en
dc.date.accessioned 2007-09-27T18:35:40Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-18T18:03:28Z
dc.date.available 2007-09-27T18:35:40Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-18T18:03:28Z
dc.date.issued 1984
dc.identifier.citation Gibbs, Sharon and Saliba, George. 1984. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/2444">Planispheric Astrolabes from the National Museum of American History</a>." <em>Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology</em>, (45) 1–231. <a href="https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810258.45.1">https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810258.45.1</a>. en
dc.identifier.issn 0081-0258
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.5479/si.00810258.45.1
dc.description.abstract This monograph describes via catalog entries and comparative analysis what has for many years been one of the five largest collections of planispheric astrolabes in the world. Until 1974, when seven instruments that had been on long term loan were returned to their owner, the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution preserved 48 examples of functioning astrolabes. This is the first detailed discussion of all 48, together referred to as the collection. The majority of the instruments, including the seven no longer on loan to the museum, once were part of the collection of Samuel Verplanck Hoffman of New York City.<br/>An introductory chapter, using words and drawings, describes the basic elements of a planispheric astrolabe, thereby introducing terms that appear frequently in later sections. The section "Historical Perspective" emphasizes the information conveyed by the makers&#39; names and dates inscribed on instruments in the collection. It places this information in the larger context of the history of the development of the astrolabe. Each of the functional elements incorporated into the astrolabes in the collection is discussed in detail in a chapter devoted to comparative analysis. That section illuminates distinctions between European instruments and instruments made in India or in the Muslim world. In each section, the basic features of a functional element are described and any remarkable treatments of these features are noted. In addition, the traditional function of each element is specified, relying on instructions for its use prepared by Masha allah, al-Biruni, or Chaucer. Photographs illustrate each section.<br/>Complementing this comparative analysis is an illustrated catalog of the collection. It includes transcriptions and translations of inscriptions that appear on the instruments. Appended to the catalog are two sections that present and discuss the information conveyed by the gazetteers incorporated into many Muslim astrolabes and the star networks (or retes) included on all complete astrolabes in the collection. Finally, a third appendix describes the process used to prepare the ecliptic circle component of the astrolabe&amp;apos;s star network. In doing so it conveys basic information about the construction of a planispheric astrolabe. en
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dc.title Planispheric Astrolabes from the National Museum of American History en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 113148
dc.identifier.eISSN 1948-6006 en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.5479/si.00810258.45.1
rft.jtitle Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology
rft.issue 45
rft.spage 1
rft.epage 231
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