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Astronomicon libri quinque.Including:- JUNIUS, Franciscus. In Manilii Astronomica variae lectiones.- SCALIGER, Joseph. In Manilii Quinque libros astronomicon commentarius & castigationes. [Heidelberg], Officina Sanctandreana [=Hieronymus Commelin], 1590. 3 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With woodcut publisher's device (repeated on the title-page of part 3), 6 astronomical woodcuts and a few tables in text. 18th-century(?) stiff pasteboard wrappers.
- Adams M362; Riccardi I, Manulius 44 (this copy); VD 16, ZV 10344 (6 copies); cf. Hockey et al., Biographical encyclopedia of astronomers, p. 735. True second edition of Scaliger's Manilius, the oldest and most widely cited work on ancient astrology, enlarged with commentaries by Franciscus Junius. "Perhaps no critic has ever effected so great and permanent a change in any author's text as Scaliger in Manilius'. The commentary is the one commentary on Manilius, without forerunner and without successor; after the passage of 300 years, it is the only avenue to a study of the poem " (Houseman, in the preface to his edition of 1903)."For the average reader, the Astronomica served as a literary introduction to heavens and an advanced primer to astrology. Manilius' masterpiece, a Latin didactic poem in five books, unveils the cosmos in hexameter verse, explaining the celestial sphere and zodiac, 'describing the stars, constellations, and planets,' and above all, providing a Stoic vision of the celestial dance" (Hockey et al.).From the library of Pietro Riccardi, a notable collector of mathematical books. Some browning throughout and one page with its lower right corner torn off, but still a good copy and wholly untrimmed, preserving all deckles. Binding also good, with upper part of the front hinge restored.
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