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CARDANUS [CARDANO], HIERONYMUS [GIROLAMO]. - [THE GREATEST ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF RENAISSANCE SCIENCE]
Offenbarung der Natur unnd Natürlicher dingen auch mancherley subtiler würckungen Darinn kunstlich die art und eigenschafft dess gantzen umbkreyss der welt, beyde himmelischer und elementischer Spheren angezeiget werden, Auch der Cometen, dess gestirns, metallen, Gesteinen, unnd einfluss würckungen. Mitt sampt den Pfalnzungen...Thiere und Menschen...Feiiwis, künsten unnd handtwercken...etc. etc. Alles durch Heinrich Pantaleon.....zu güten Teütcher nation, ganz fleissig und auff das treüwlichest verteütscher.
Basel, (Heinrich Petri, 1559). Folio. Contemporary full richly blindstamped pigskin binding over wooden boards. Elaborately illustrated inner and outer roll-borders to boards, with saints and apostles. Remains of brass clasps to boards. Four raised bands to spine. Lower compartment of spine with a crack in leather, but overall a very good, sturdy, and tight copy in a lovely contemporary German typical Renaissance binding. Title-page with a large woodcut medaillon portrait of the author. Old owner's inscriptions to title-page (dated 1645). A (mostly very light) dampstain to upper corners and the last ab. 100 leaves also with a small dampstain in outer margin, minor and mainly marginal brownspots. Numerous small woodcuts and line drawings in the text, illustrating astronomy, mechanics, physics, technology, botany, mineralogy, alchemy, etc. (52), 934, (2) pp. (last leaf recto with printer and year - verso with woodcut printer's device).. Scarce first edition thus, being the seminal first German edition of two of Cardanus' most influential works, under the joint title "Disclosure of Nature and Natural Things...", constituting the first printing of the first translation into German of any part of Cardanus' foundational main work "De Subtilitate" (originally published in Latin in 1550), "a rambling miscellany of natural philosophy which eventually grew to twenty-one books and appeared in many reprints and revisions before and after Cardano's death in 1575" (Copenhaver & Schmitt, p. 308) as well as the first printing of the first German translation of the great sequel to the "De S … [Click Below for Full Description]
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