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Stoeffler, Johannes
[ASTRONOMY]. [MEDICINE]. [HOROLOGY]. Calendarium Romanum magnum, Caesareae maiestati dicatum. [Bound with:] Elucidatio Fabricae Usuaque; Astrolabii
J. Kobel, 1518. First Edition. Folio (textblock: 310 x 210 mm; binding: 315 x 220 mm). [14], 74, [50] ff., COMPLETE. Illustrated with a fine historiated woodcut border on the title-page, and on the Dedication to the Emperor Maximilian with the armorial devices of the chief states of Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, on leaf 14 appears the fine woodcut of the Anatomical Man showing the planetary influences on the human body, 24 woodcut views of Renaissance European cities, 12 woodcuts with the occupations of the months, 12 woodcut signs of the zodiac, 63 diagrams of lunar and solar eclipses, 4 full-page figures of astronomical and horological instruments and numerous decorative woodcut initials throughout. Original beech boards rebound Eidolon House: modern spine of black calf sympathetically tooled in blind, pronounced endbands of alum-tawed leather strips, each gathering guarded and resewn, sympathetic pastedowns and endpapers. Pasted inside upper cover is an early ex-libris inscription in Latin (see below), the bookplate of O.W. Jaquish, and a 20th century bookseller's catalogue description. Paper stock generally weak, some occasionally significant staining, chipping and short tears around edges of textblock, outer margins of title-page extended, some paper repairs (old and new), final leaf backed with old paper. With faults, and priced accordingly. First Edition of this justly famous Renaissance book, impressive not only as an example of typography and book illustration but as an important source of astronomical and horological science. Copernicus's own copy of t … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Michael Laird Rare Books (nec-plus-ultra) [Lockhart, Texas, United States]
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