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Ten Volvelles

2 3/4" x 2 5/8" x 2 1/16"
Limited to an edition of ten.

Volvelles are probably the earliest form of movable paper engineering. Matthew Paris is credited with the first one in his manuscript Chronica majora, which made use of the wheel to determine the date of Easter. A volvelle consists of one
or more layers of parchment or paper discs and shapes fastened to a leaf, allowing for each individual layer to be rotated independently of the other components. In the 15th century, it was used as an early typeof computational device, and was used to chart complex astronomicalinformation. 

I've taken ten volvelles from 1500 to 1700 and reverse-engineered them into their separate original parts, then put them together for you to play with. The volvelles I've chosen are both pretty and interesting to look at,and fun to use. I've also left one uncut, if you'd like to try your hand at it. All you need are a needle and thread.

Each volvelle is glued to its own piece of board bound in a dark green textured paper, and is encased in a vellum folder, which helps protect the volvelle's parts as it's slipped in and out of its box, which is bound in the same green paper.

This product was added to our catalog  April 14, 2017