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LANSBERGEN, Philippus van.
Tabulae motuum coelestium perpetuae; ex omnium temporum observationibus constructae, temporumque omnium observationibus consentientes. Item novae et genuinae motuum coelestium theoricae & Astronomicarum observationum thesaurus.
Middelberg: Zacharias Roman [Colophon: Leiden: Willem Christiaens van der Boxe], 1632. First edition. Hardcover. First edition, very rare, of Lansbergen's astronomical tables. Lansbergen was a staunch Copernican, and "complained with justification that the Church opposed the heliocentric hypothesis on theological grounds alone, without examining the evidence and the scientific arguments in its support" (Heninger, <em>The Cosmographical Glass, </em>p. 68). Lansbergen could not, however, accept Johannes Kepler's elliptical orbits, upon which Kepler had based his own <em>Rudolphine Tables</em> published five years earlier. Lansbergen attacked Kepler in his early works, and produced these rival tables which were founded on a more traditional epicyclic theory. Lansbergen's tables were simpler than Kepler's and were widely used by astronomers throughout the 1630s, but they eventually began to fall out of favour when they were found to be less accurate than Kepler's. They continued to find supporters, however, as late as the 1660s (they were reprinted by Roman in 1652). Early works by Lansbergen are rare; the last copies to appear in ABPC/RBH were in the Macclesfield and Honeyman sales, neither of which included the present work; in fact, ABPC/RBH list only a single copy of Lansbergen's tables in the last fifty years. Lansbergen's works are most accessible in the <em>Opera Omnia</em> (1663), which appears with some regularity on the market.</p> <p>The brilliant young English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks (1618-1641) bought a copy of Lansbergen's <em>Tabulae</em> in 1635 (when he … [Click Below for Full Description]
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