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CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria.
Epitome cosmographica, o Compendiosa introduttione all'astronomia, geografia, & idrografia, per l'uso, dilucidatione, e fabbrica delle sfere, globi, planisferi, astrolabi, et tavole geografiche, e particolarmente degli stampati, e spegiati nelle publiche lettioni.
Colonia [Venice]: Andrea Poletti, 1693. First edition. First edition, rare when complete, of this sumptuously illustrated work, a uniquely valuable source for the documentation of several of the most elaborate large-scale globes and astronomical mechanisms, some now lost, constructed during the latter decades of the seventeenth century. Coronelli, a Franciscan monk, was the official cosmographer of the Venetian Republic, the greatest maker of terrestrial globes and maps during the last half of the seventeenth century, and the founder of the Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti, the first geographical society. The Epitome is particularly important for the information Coronelli includes on the highly decorative and massive globes he constructed for Louis XIV, one of which is illustrated in this work (they can be seen today in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris). The work contains four large foldout celestial maps in circular format engraved in a spectacular baroque style; they were based on the most recent astronomical observations and were copied into the eighteenth century. Also included are two large terrestrial maps - the western and eastern hemispheres. Of the 37 double-page plates, many illustrate globes, spheres, astronomical diagrams and instruments. As a leading cosmographer, Coronelli's career bears on the history of astronomy at many points. "In the Epitome he listed everything that seemed to him important in astronomy and geography, describing, without making any value judgements, the systems of Ptolemy (18 lines), Tycho Brahe (17 lines), Copernicus (132 lines) … [Click Below for Full Description]
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