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CLAVIUS, Christopher
In Sphaeram Ioannis de Sacro Bosco commentarius nunc quinto ab ipso auctore recognitus . . . accessit Geometrica . . . de crepusculis tractatio.
Rome: Luigi Zanetti for Paulo Gellio, 1607. Soft cover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to (220 x 162 mm). [8], 669 (i.e. 639) [1], [48] pp., title printed in red and black and with large woodcut vignette of the celestial spheres (repeated on p. 24), woodcut initials and tailpieces, colophon and printer's device on leaf f3 recto, several astronomical and mathematical diagrams in text, index bound at end, final blank f4 present. Signatures: [cross]4 (A-4L)4, (a-f)4. Contemporary limp vellum, spine lettered in manuscript, inscription on covers in contemporary hand (inner joints split, rear cover restored). Some uneven browning and foxing to text, small wormtracks in blank margins, slight marginal dampstaining to few leaves, first leaves little frayed at fore-edge, two others loose, rear free endpaper repaired. Provenance: Giancarlo Beltrame Library. Still very good copy in original binding, collated complete. ---- Houzeau-Lancaster 2678 - LATER EDITION of Clavius' commentaries on Sacrobosco's Sphaera (first 1570). The basic text of this book, Joannes de Sacrobosco's (fl. ca. 1230) Sphaera was the most widely used astronomical resource of the late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period and went through literally hundreds of editions inspiring many commentaries. "Although the end of the Ptolemaic era was marked by Copernicus's revolutionary work, De revolutionibus (1543), it was not until the publication of Kepler's Astronomis nova (1609) and Galileo's Sidereus nuncius (1610) that the heliocentric theory began to achieve broader acknowledgement. The period between 1543 and 1610, as … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Milestones of Science Books [Germany]

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