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Bassantin (Bassantyne), James.
Astronomique discours. Par Jaques Bassantin Escossois. Second edition reveuë & augmentee.
[Geneva], Jean de Tournes, 1613. Large folio [42.5 x 28.5 cm]. (4), 275 pp, (1). Printed in a mixture of Civilité and Roman type throughout. With 175 woodcuts including 14 volvelles, composed of 36 moving parts in total, complete in all respects. Mid-20th century full polished tan calf. Very rare second edition - ‘reveuë & augmentee’, according to the title-page - of this monumental work by the Scottish astronomer James Bassantin (ca. 1500-68). The work’s large format, extensive program of woodcut illustration, and 36 moveable parts mounted on 14 volvelles required a skilled compositor’s workshop: the first edition of 1557 was printed in Lyon by the imprimeur du Roi Jean de Tournes. By 1585 the Protestant de Tournes had fled to Geneva, where Jean II embarked on the republication of the present work, perhaps in response to the broader flurry of astronomical activity at the beginning of the 17th century. The letterpress has been entirely reset and perhaps indeed ‘revised and augmented’, though the woodcuts for the illustrations seem to have been re-used, indicating that de Tournes had brought them with him to Geneva some 25 years earlier. - Bassantin is mainly concerned with describing planetary motions, which his paper instruments allow the reader to calculate – based of course on strictly Ptolemaic models. Speaking of the first edition, Mortimer comments that "the size of this volume and the extent of its illustration and ornamentation make this an unusually fine example of the attention given to the printing of scientific works at this period" (p. 64). Unlike the 1557 edit … [Click Below for Full Description]
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