Jan. 7th, 2012

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First of all, here are some extant pre-17th century paper astrolabes:

Paper Astrolabe, by Philippe Danfrie, Paris, 1584
http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/astrolabe/exhibition/34268.htm

A webpage about astronomical instruments in general, with paper examples:
http://microcosmos.uchicago.edu/ptolemy/instruments.html#paper
(Includes a cool powerpoint presentation about using the instruments in Astronomicum Caesareum, a scan is here and plates here but you can't play with it.)

But what about Chaucer? There is a series of articles online that are interesting:

Eisner, S. 1975-6 "Building Chaucer's astrolabe - I II, III" Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 86, p. 18-29, 125 - 132, 219 - 227

And here's the print-out-your-own simplified kit, including a bunch of latitudes.
Build Your Own Astrolabe
Article: http://dcford.org.uk/documents/astrolabe_jbaa.pdf
Kits: http://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/library/library_exhibitions/schoolresources/astrolabe/build
and http://www.pyxplot.org.uk/astrolabe/simplified/

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