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Andalò Di Negro’s De Compositione Astrolabii: A Critical Edition with English Translation and Notes (2019)


In this article, we publish the critical edition of Andalò di Negro’s De compositione astrolabii, with English translation and commentary. The mathematician and astronomer Andalò di Negro (Genoa ca. 1260–Naples 1334) presumably redacted this treatise on the astrolabe in the 1330s, while residing at the court of King Robert of Naples. The present edition has three purposes: first, to make available a text missing from the previous compilations of works by Andalò di Negro (ed. Bonus Opus preclarissimum astrolabij compositum a domino Andalo de nigro genuensi foeliciter incipit…Explicit tractatus astrolabij excellentissimi mathematici Andalonis genuensis, emendatus per celeberrimum et doctissimum astronomum magistrum Petrum Bonum Avogarium in foelici gymnasio ferrariensi. [Ferrara]: magister Johannes Picardus, 1475; Bertolotto II Trattato sull’Astrolabio di Andalò di Negro, riprodotto dall’edizione ferrarese del 1475, con prefazione del socio G. Bertolotto. Atti della società ligure di storia patria 25, 51–141, 1892; Fornaciari and Faracovi Trattato sull’astrolabio di Andalò di Negro, a cura di P.E. Fornaciari e O.P. Faracovi. Pubblicazione del Comune di Livorno in occasione della “Primavera della Scienza a Livorno” (febbraio-maggio 2005). Ospedaletto: Pacini editore, 2005); second, to revise a privately circulated edition of the text (Cesari L’astrolabio di Andalò di Negro, Parte I, edizione critica. Milano: s.n., 1984a; Practica Astrolabii di Andalò di Negro, Parte I. Edizione critica. Bergamo: Istituto Universitario di Bergamo, 1984b); and third, to help disseminating one of the rare Latin texts presenting the principles of the stereographic projection which underlie the construction of the astrolabe.

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Authors & Contributors
Rodríguez-Arribas, Josefina
Ackermann, Silke
Davis, John
Grijs, Richard de
Jacob, Andrew P.
Lowne, Michael
Medieval Encounters
Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Museum History Journal
Mariner's Mirror
Princeton University Press
Peter Lang
Museu de Astronomia e Ciências Afins (MAST)
Instruments, astronomical
Instruments, navigational
Galilei, Galileo
al-Corsono, Jacob ben Isaac
Bury, Richard de
Lewi ben Gershom
Niccolò da Reggio
Levi Ben Gershon
Time Periods
14th century
17th century
16th century
19th century
18th century
Naples (Italy)
Barcelona (Spain)
London (England)
Royal Astronomical Society
Cambridge University

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