Vitellionis . Peri optikes, id est de natura, ratione, & proiectione radiorum uisus, luminum, colorum atq[ue] formarum, quam uulgo perspectiuam vocant, libri X. . .

WITELO

Published by Apud Io. Petreium, Norimbergæ, 1535
Buy Used
Price: US$ 40,000.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 10.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

Offered By

B & L Rootenberg Rare Books, ABAA
Sherman Oaks, CA, U.S.A.

5-star rating

AbeBooks Seller Since September 29, 1998

About this Item

Title in red and black with large woodcut, full-page woodcut arms on recto of second leaf, numerous woodcut illustrations throughout text. First 4 numbered leaves (following preliminaries) are in facsimile on old paper. Full blindstamped calf in an antique style. Overall a fine copy. First edition of the earliest treatise on optics written by a European. An extremely rare work, the text of which is derived from the optics of Abu al-Hasan (Alhazen). It contains not only a summary of all that was known on optics to the ancients and to Alhazen, but also some original investigations. Divided into nine books, Witelo first sets forth a number of geometrical theorems providing the mathematical principles required for the optical demonstrations of the remaining books. He details the essential features of optical systems, including the theory of theory of the nature of light and the propagation of light or visible forms. In addition to the nature of radiation, light and color in straight or refracted lines, and the treatment of images in various mirrors, a portion of the book deals with the physiology of vision.Very little is known of Witelo (ca. 1230-ca. 1275) other than he was born in Poland. This book, important as a source of Greco-Arabian theories on optics, had a great deal of influence on future investigators throughout all ages, including Regiomontanus and Da Vinci, Maurolico, Tycho Brahe, Galileo and Descartes. Indeed, Kepler based his entire study of optics upon it. Bookseller Inventory # 14485

Quantity Available: 1

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Vitellionis . Peri optikes, id est de natura...

Publisher: Apud Io. Petreium, Norimbergæ

Publication Date: 1535

Edition: FIRST EDITION.

Store Description

Niceya Corp., a California corporation, doing business as B & L Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts, member of the ABAA, ILAB, and ABA, was founded in 1970 is an internationally renowned antiquarian bookseller. We are among the leading specialists in the fields of science, medicine, technology and natural history. We also maintain high quality rare books and manuscripts in all diverse subjects. To order, please telephone, fax or e-mail.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

All items offered are subject to prior sale. Items are unconditionally guaranteed
as described, and may be returned within ten days of receipt with prior notice.
Prices set forth are net and subject to change. Payments may be made by check,
bank/wire transfer or bank draft, payable in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank. We
also accept AMERICAN EXPRESS. Other major credit cards are handled through Abe at
a higher percentage.


Shipping Terms:

Shipping cost estimates made by Abebooks are based on weights of 2.2 lbs, or 1 kg, and a standard posting by the USPS. Excess weight, use of alternate shippers, additional postage, and insurance charges will be added to your order. Appropriate sales tax for California residents will also be added. We will contact you with these amounts.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Bank Draft Bank/Wire Transfer