Astronomicum Caesareum, one of the most sumptuous works of all Renaissance instructive manuals, explains the use of the astrolabe (for calculating the altitude of stars) and other instruments used for computing planetary positions. The author, court astronomer to Emperor Charles V, also provided new observations on the comet of 1531 (Halley's Comet). Only about forty copies of this work survive, one in The Metropolitan Museum. This pen is based on hand-colored woodcuts in the original work. Gift of Herbert N. Strauss, 1925.
The highlight of the pen is the smooth twist-action ballpoint system, activated by turning the tip cone. The Metropolitan Museum of Art logo appears on the cap top. Brass base metal body with heavy chrome plate accents.
Handsomely packaged in a color coordinated paperboard gift box. Uses the smooth writing Waterford Ballpoint refills. One refill is included, installed in the pen. Limited 1 Year Warranty.
Proceeds from the sale of this product are used to support The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
All brass construction
Astronomicum Caesareum design cap and barrel
Chrome plate trim
Packaged in a color coordinated paperboard gift box
Uses Parker type refills
Includes 1 Parker type ballpoint refill, installed in the pen