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De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, libri VI . . . Narratio prima, per M. Georgium Ioachimum Rheticum ad D. Ioan. Schonerum scripta SECOND EDITION OF COPERNICUS’ DE REVOLUTIONIBUS AND FIRST WITH RHETICUS’ NARRATIO PRIMA
Basel: Petri, [1566]. With printer’s device on title and verso of last leaf and numerous text woodcuts and tables. Contemporary vellum, author and title in ink on spine; title page repaired on upper corner and on fore-edge. A fine, clean copy. Second edition of Copernicus’ epochal work. Copernicus (1473-1543), the founder of modern astronomy, was the first to propound the theory of planetary orbits. This work revealed one of the greatest advances in human thought proving that the Earth was not after all the central point around which the entire universe revolved. Copernicus initially was hesitant to have his system printed, believing that any suggestion that the Earth moved would be considered heretical and cause him trouble. It was likely that this edition “was printed soon after the 1543 printing had sold out; the two editions must have been almost identical in size because the same number of each printing survive (Gingerich).”& & Added here for the first time is Rheticus’ famous tract, Narratio prima, printed in the form of a letter to his teacher Joh. Schoener, the Nuremberg astronomer. This great rarity, first published in 1540, contains the actual first announcement of Copernicus’s system and has exercised a profound influence on all succeeding scientific endeavors. Rheticus, a disciple and friend, surveys the principal features of Copernicus’ heliocentric universe and describes the new discoveries made by Copernicus – probably the most important scientific text of the sixteenth century.&
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