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Almagestum seu magnae constructionis mathematicae opus plane divinum. Latina donatum lingua ab G. Trapezuntio. Per L. Gauricum recognitum
Venice: Luc'antonio Giunta, 1528 Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Folio (320x220 mm), ff. [6], 143, title printed in red and black with printer's woodcut device (repaired and laid down), ornamental woodcut initials, woodcut mathematical diagrams in page margins throughout, occasional spotting and mild marginal staining, few contemporary ink annotations and corrections in neat Greek and Latin. Later vellum, sprinkled edges, spine titled in manuscript (lacking rear blank, little soiling), endpapers renewed. Provenance: Alfredo Moretti (bookplate). A good, wide-margined copy. ---- Adams P-2214; Norman 1760; PMM 40; Sparrow 167; Honeyman 1760; DSB XI, 187ff; Stillwell 97n; Wellcome 5281. - THE FIRST PUBLISHED LATIN TRANSLATION made from the original Greek text of Ptolemy's most important astronomical and mathematical work. 'Until the innovative work of Tycho Brahe and Kepler in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, that is, for nearly fifteen hundred, years, the Almagest was the basis of all sophisticated astronomy, a longevity exceeded only by Euclid's Elements' (Swerdlow). Instruments mentioned or described include the equatorial armillary, the plinth, the meridional armillary, the triquestrum and the armillary astrolabon. The Almagest had been translated into Arabic and was known to the later Middle Ages in a Latin translation from the Arabic by Gerard of Cremona; that version was first published in Venice in 1515..
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