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Epytoma...in Almagestum Ptolomei. [Edited - REGIOMONTANUS, Johannes - 1496. 
Full-page woodcut of Ptolemy & Regiomontanus seated beneath an armillary sphere within a fine white-on-black woodcut border and 279 woodcut diagrams in the text. Gothic letter. Numerous 6-, 7-, & 14-line floriated & historiated woodcut initials, xylographic title, & woodcut printer's device on verso of final leaf. 107 leaves (lacking the final blank). Folio (298 x 210 mm.), 17th cent. calf (joints & corners well repaired, first & final leaves with some worming, second & third leaves entirely remargined), single gilt fillet round sides, gilt arabesque in center of each cover, spine gilt. Venice: Johannes Hamman, 21 Aug. 1496. First edition and a good copy of this great book in the history of astronomy. "The importance of this book lies in the fact that it enshrines, within the editor's commentary, the first appearance in print, in a Latin translation from the Greek, of the monumental compendium of Claudius Ptolemaeus of Alexandria known as the Almagest...The Almagest is an encyclopaedia of astronomical knowledge...which established astronomy as a mathematical discipline. It contains an elaborate theory of the planets, the discovery of the second inequality of the moon's motion (known as evection), the determination of the distance of the moon, an exposition of spherical and plane trigonometry and an account of the construction and use of astronomical instruments... "Regiomontanus' influence was felt in both western and eastern Europe and his publication of the Almagest helped to re-introduce Greek astronomy into the western world."ÃÂPrinting & the Mind of Man 40. "The Epytoma is a central work in the history of Renaissance astronomy in that it codified and corrected the somewhat disordered Ptolemaic astronomy of the middle ages."ÃÂRose, The Italian Renaissance of Mathematics, p. 94. A good clean copy preserved in a morocco box. In this copy, the first three leaves have been very skillfully supplied from another example. Lightly washed. Dibner, Heralds of Science, 1ÃÂ"This handsome volume again brought Greek astronomy and the accepted version of the universe before the Western world in Latin, a language all learned men could read. The xylographic portrait of Regiomontanus is considered authentic." Evans, First Editions of Epochal Achievements in the History of Science (1934), 14. Goff R-111. Horblit 89. Klebs 841.1. Stillwell 103.
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