Monday, February 28, 2011

 16th Century Almanac

I bought this old presumably 16th century calendar from a German antiquarian bookshop some years ago. If you have any ideas of the age or origin of the calendar I would be very interested to hear it.

I like especially these two woodcuts. The woodcut with the sun represents the leap years and the woodcut with the moon the golden numbers. I got this idea of making a larger size painting of the moon woodcut. Need to do it someday.


Leonardo said...
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Leonardo said...

Hello this is seems to be a document containing some ephemeris and numerology, written in a corrupt latin... The second page sys something like "how to get the golden ratio a year counting a sack figs"

Some antique religious books I have, contain specific passages with relevant numbers erased, to limit numerology practice in convents and other institutions.

this is an other example:

best regards!

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