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Perez de Moya, Juan
Tratado de cosas de astronomia, y cosmographia, y philosophia natural
1573. Alcala de Henares. Juan Gracian. Folio (265 x 183 mm). 249, 7 ff. Recent 16th century style blindtooled calf, spine lettered in gilt and with raised bands, boards elaborately tooled, minor rubbing. Last five leaves with paper repairs affecting text, else a very good copy with wide margins.- First edition. A rare scientific work by noted Spanish mathematician Perez de Moya; it is also an important Americana, containing abundant references to Florida, Nicaragua, Nueva Galicia, and other places in America. The American part comprises a chapter and includes a map showing north and South America, which illustrates a problem in navigation; it is further illustrated with woodcut diagrams throughout. Perez de Moya (1513 – 1697) was born in Santisteban del Puerto, studied in Alcala and Salamanca, eventually becoming canon of the Cathedral at Granada. He was “according to Smith the most noteworthy mathematician of 16th-century Spain (Rara Arithmetica, p. 310).”(William Schab), and also authored theDialogos de aritmetica practica y especulativaand theTratado de mathematicas en que se contienen cosas de arithmetica.In 1573, the work was reedited along with others by him. “Extremely rare” (Houzeau & Lancaster). Provenance: purchased from Jose Mestre Albareda, in 1952. Adams, P-687; Houzeau & Lancaster, 2688; Palau, 221732; Not in Sabin, Leclerc or Church.
Bookseller: HS Rare Books [Argentina]

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