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De Republica, seu Magistratibus Atheniensum liber. Joan,: Guillaume, Postel
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Item Description: Lugduni Batavorum, ex Officina Joannis Maire, 1635. Rilegato. Book Condition: in ottime condizioni. prima edizione. Postel, Guillaume. De Republica, seu Magistratibus atheniensium liber. Ex Musaeo Joan Balesdens, in principe Senatu advocati. Lugduni Batavorum, in officine Joannes Maire, 1635. (Unito:) Postel Guillaume. De Universitate libri duo: in quibus astronomiae, doctrinae ve coelestis compendium. Editio tertia. Lugduni Batavorum, ex officine Joannis Maire, 1635. 2 volumi in-16° legati assieme in piena pelle coeva, dorso a nervi, piani con riquadri decorati in oro. 232, (6) pp., 1 f. bianco, ritratto dell' autore inciso in rame applicato al verso del frontespizio della prima opera; 261 pp., 1 f. bianco. Frontespizi stampati in rosso e nero. Rara edizione minuscola di opere cinquecentine. La seconda è citata dal Poggendorff, IV, 508; e dal Lande, Bibl. astronomique, p. 206. Il Postel (1510-1585), fu professore di lingue orientali e di matematica al College de France in Parigi. Bookseller Inventory # 000594

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Progymnasmatum astronomiae restitutae liber I. De motu: LANSBERGE, Johan Philp

Item Description: Zacharias Roman, Middelburg, 1628. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. I. Progymnasmatum astronomiae restitutae liber I. De motu solis. Middelburg: Zacharias Roman, 1628. [12], 1-64, [35], 100-116 pp. Signatures: *4 2*2 A-O4 P². Preliminary gathering 2* misbound after title-leaf. Large engraved vignette on title, woodcut diagrams, initials and headpieces. A few spots. [Bound with:] II. Uranometriae libri tres. [24], 134, [2] pp. Signatures: *-3*4 A-R4. Middelburg: Zacharias Roman, 1631. Large woodcut on title and in text, woodcut device on final leaf. Some browning, heavy in gathering 3*, light marginal waterstaining. [Bound with:] III. Commentationes in motum terrae diurnum & annuum. Middelburg: Zacharias Roman, 1630. [40], 65, [3] pp. Signatures: A4 2*-3*4 ²A-F4 G² H-L4. Large woodcut on title, one double-page engraved plate, woodcut diagrams, historiated initials, headpieces, with final blank. Occasional light spotting. [Bound with:] IV. Apologia pro commentationibus Philippi Lansbergii in motum terrae diurnum & annuum: adversus libertum fromondum theologum Lovaniensem & Joan. Baptistam Morinum. Middelburg: Zacharias Roman, 1633. [16], 131 [1] pp. Signatures: [dagger]-2[dagger]? A-Q4 R². Large woodcut on title, woodcut diagrams, with final 2 blanks. Some spotting and browning. 4to (217 x 162 mm). Four works bound in one volume. Contemporary vellum with yapp edges, manuscript title on spine (sides a little warped). Provenance: erased inscription on first title ¿ 'G.S.' (initials on rear cover). A fine copy in original untouched binding. ---- DSB VIII, p. 28. I. Second edition. Houzeau-Lancaster 2979. II. FIRST EDITION. Houzeau-Lancaster 2981. III. First edition in Latin of Bedenckingen op den dagelyckschen, ende jaerlyckschen loop van den aerdt-kloot (Middelburg, 1629). IV. FIRST EDITION. - Van Lansberge can be credited with bringing the ideas of Copernicus to a wide range of people who did not possess the mathematical background to read advanced texts. "In his Progymnasmatum astronomiae. . . Van Lansberge taught the probability of the earth's motion according to Copernican doctrine; the same is true of . . . Commentationes. . . Both works were attacked for their Copernican ideas by Morin in his Famosi et antiqui problematis de telluris motu vel. . . (Paris, 1631), and by Libert Froidmond in his Anti-Aristarchus. . . (Antwerp, 1631). Although a follower of Copernicus, Van Lansberge did not accept the planetary theories of Kepler altogether." (DSB).- Visit our website for more information and additional images. Bookseller Inventory # 002704

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Epitome Astronomiae Copernicanae.Linz, Planck, 1618 (with) Epitomes: KEPLER, Johannes
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Item Description: sumptibus Godefridi Tampachii, Frankfurt, 1621. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. THE FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN SCIENCE 8vo. pp [ii] 419-932 [xvi] 17-418 [xviii]. Roman and Italic letter, some Greek, woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces, astronomical and geometrical diagrams and illustrations throughout, outer leaf of synoptic table missing (trimmed to binding). Mostly marginal wormtrail to first gathering without loss, poor quality paper with intermittent foxing and age browning, a good, unrestored well-margined copy bound in original vellum fragment of C15th antiphonal leaf in red, blue, and brown ink. Ex dono of Joannes Moeri to the Jesuit College at [?], 1668 on first t.p. FIRST EDITION of Books 1-3 and 5-7, second edition of Book 4, in its entirety one of Kepler's most influential works and the first complete manual of astronomy constructed according to new principles, published as an inexpensive octavo textbook for students in question-and-answer format. It contains Kepler's three laws of planetary motion around the Sun, arguing that heavenly bodies travelled in elliptical orbits at varying speeds rather than fixed circular orbits, and in short, making the Copernican system "nearly 100 times more accurate"(DSB). The principles here would form the theoretical basis for Newton's law of universal gravitation nearly a century later: his Principia (1687) was first introduced to the Royal Society as "a mathematical demonstration of the Copernican hypothesis as proposed by Kepler". The first three books outline the mechanics of the earth's motion - which Galileo focused on in his Dialogo (1632). This controversial subject would land the Epitome on the Index of Prohibited Books in 1619. Most importantly Kepler extends his first two laws to the rest, stating that his discoveries concerning the orbit of Mars exist for other planets, the satellites of Jupiter, and for the moon which revolves around the earth. Book IV deals with lunar theory and 'harmonic law' - that is, Kepler's scale of the distance between the planets which he describes as the origin of the music of the spheres. "Kepler's harmonic law, which he had discovered just as the Harmonice was going to press" were explored in greater detail (Gingerich, Johannes Kepler II, A). Composition and publication of this volume was interrupted when Kepler's mother Katharina was accused of witchcraft. Kepler was much involved in her defense, and eventual acquittal in 1621. Books V-VII consider the practical geometry, and problems that arise, from the more theoretical discussions of elliptical and lunar theory in the first half of the book. They also offer a theoretical explanation for the Rudolphine Tables or maps of constellations Kepler had begun in his apprenticeship with Tycho Brahe at his observatory outside Prague, and completed after the astronomer's death when Kepler was appointed to take Brahe's place as astrological advisor to Emperor Rudolph II. "From 1630 - 1650 the Epitome was the most widely read treatise on theoretical astronomy in Europe" DSB 7 & 8 p. 302. A rare and very influential work by one of the most famous astronomers even to this day, whose work radically altered the course of modern astronomy. The book has been bound in a curious order, though complete. Book 4 (++8, Aaa-Mmm8), then Books 5-7 including index and errata leaf (+6, 4A- 4S8, 4T2, 4V8), and finally Books 1-3 with a few gatherings reshuffled (B8, *6, A8, C8-Bb8, Cc6) almanac at the very end (**-***4). Caspar Bibliographia Kepleriana 55, 66, 69. Barchas 1147. BL C17 Ger K112 : "Pt. 1 was published by J. Kruger in Augsburg. Pt 2 (comprising lib .4) and pt. 3 (lb. 5-7) have separate titlepages. Pt 2 is a reissue of the 1620 printing by Planck, published by G. Tambach in Frankfurt/M. in 1622 with new first gathering printed there, pt 3 was published by Tambach in Frankfurt/M in 1621, and printed there". Houzeau and Lancaster 11831. Not in Kenney. Latin. Bookseller Inventory # L1233

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