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MARIUS, Simon
Mundus Jovialis anno 1609 detectus ope perspicilli belgici, hoc est quatuor Jovialium planetarum cum Theoria, turn Tabulae, propriis observationibus maxime fundatae, ex quibus situs illorum ad iovem, ad quodvis tempus datum promptissimè & facilimè supputari potest. Inventore & authore Simone Mario Guntzenhusano, . . .
Nürnberg: Johann Laur, 1614. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to (193 x 155 mm). 36 (of 38) unnumbered leaves (the last blank). Signatures: )(? 2)(? 3)(² (-3)(1-2) A-G?. Woodcut arms on verso of title, several woodcut diagrams in text, head- and tail-pieces, decorative initials, letterpress tables and errata on G3v. Lacking bifolio 3)(1-2 with the full-page woodcut portrait of the author. Later vellum binding using a medieval manuscript (short split to upper joint, wormtracks). Text with occasional minor spotting and browning mainly at beginning, otherwise crisp and clean. Small holes in leaves A2 and B2 not affecting text. Still a fine copy, very rare in any state. ----Zinner 4474, Honeyman 2157. First edition, reporting the discovery of the satellites of Jupiter which Marius made two months before Galilei. In the preface, Marius gives a circumstantial account of his acquisition of his telescope from a Dutchman at the Frankfurt Fair of 1608; this may have been Zach, Janssen of Middleburg who is said to have constructed a telescope in 1604, or Jean Lipperhey who in 1608 applied to the States General for a patent for telescopes. Galilei constructed his first telescope himself in 1609 from descriptions given him of these Dutch instruments. This work is very rare, with the last copy at auction in 1977. Very Good.
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