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CLAVIUS CHRISTOPH
In sphaeram Ioannis de Sacro Bosco commentarius nunc iterum ab ipso auctore recognitus, & multis ac variis locis locupletatus
1581. Woodcuts in text, including a large armillary sphere on the title (repeated) and geometrical diagrams, woodcut initials of varying size, colophon with woodcut printer?s device. 4to (207 x 150mm). [32], 467, [1]pp. Seventeenth-century vellum over pasteboard, spine with name of author in manuscript (minor staining). Rome: ex officina Dominici Basae (apud Franciscum Zanettum), 1581. Second amended edition of the immensely popular commentary by German Jesuit Christoph Clavius (1538-1612) on Johannes de Sacrobosco?s (c.1195 - 1256) authoritative medieval treatise on the sphere (dating from around 1230). First published in 1570, Clavius? commentary updated the theories of Sacrobosco in the context of contemporary advances in astronomical knowledge, and was one of the most widely used mathematical textbooks of the early modern period. One of the foremost mathematicians of his time, Clavius entered the Jesuit order in Rome in 1555 and, aside from short stints in Portugal and Naples, studied and taught at the Collegio Romano from 1560 until his death in 1612. A firm follower of the Ptolemaic system, he nevertheless corresponded with Galileo and praised his Sidereus Nuncius (1610), while also calling on fellow Ptolemaics to find an alternative explanation that might accommodate Galileo?s findings and observations, without giving ground to Copernican heliocentrism. Clavius? work went through numerous editions, including a Chinese version by his former pupil Matteo Ricci. It includes scattered references to the Americas. A few early manuscript annotations in Latin, juvenile hand, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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