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PETRUS JORDAN Lectori S.D. en tibi nunc iterum candide lector Coelestium rerum disciplinae, atque totius sphaericae peritissimi, Johannis Stoeflerini . . .uariorum astrolabiorum compositionem seu fabricam, mecmpm eprimde, isii, ac uariarum utilitatum explanationem, ... typis nostris cudenda praesumpsimus ... redigenda, atq[ue] imprimenda curauimus

      Complete with all of the woodcut plates of astrolabes (with extended folding parts), text illustrations and diagrams, many full-page, and 2 folding. Wonderful printer's device on title and full-page device on the final colophon leaf. Early vellum-backed paste boards; interior very clean, probably washed; small discoloration on title and marginal wormholes on a few leaves. Some contemporary annotations, from the library of Owen Gingerich, with his bookplate. The work was originally printed in 1512/13 under the title Elucidatio fabricae ususque astrola. . . The present edition is probably the third printing, but published for the first time by Peter Jordan who had just established his workshop in Mainz. Stoeffler's treatise on the construction and use of the astrolabe was the most influential in the Renaissance. It was reprinted sixteen times and virtually every treatise on the astrolabe since has referenced it. The success of this work stems from the fact that it is clear, concise and complete, and that it required only a modest background to understand. There are detailed instructions on how to lay out the components of a planispheric astrolabe and how to use it for common problems, such as measuring the depth of a tank buried underground. Wonderful illustrations depict how to use astrolabes to solve different mathematical and other problems. The second part contains treatises on sundials, on geometrical measuring of altitudes, plane surfaces and depths, and well as chapters on horoscope casting and prognostics.& & Stoeffler (1452-1531), mathematician, astronomer and cosmographer, and professor of astronomy at Tübingen, was the teacher of Melanchthon, Schoener, and Sebastian Muenster. His calendars, almanack and astronomical tables enjoyed a great reputation throughout Europe for half a century. He was especially known for this work on the astrolabe and was considered "a leading authority on the methods of defining latitude and longitude in vogue at the beginning of the new era" (Sabin).&

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