HEVELIUS, Johannes (1611-1687)

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Machinae coelestis pars prior; organographiam, sive instrumentorum astronomicorum omnium.

Specifiche

  • Autore:

    HEVELIUS, Johannes (1611-1687)

  • Titolo:

    Machinae coelestis pars prior; organographiam, sive instrumentorum astronomicorum omnium.

  • Luogo: Danzig
  • Editore: Simon Reiniger for the author
  • Data*: 1673
  • Formato: Volume I only (of II), Folio (345x220mm)
  • Cfr. Bibliografico: Brunet III, 149; BL German 1601-1700, H-1030; Dibner, Heralds 10; Norman 1068 (volume I).

Prezzo: € 54.000,00



Descrizione prodotto

Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine (some tiny wormholes, spine ends lightly split and chipped, corners lightly bumped). (12), 464. Half-title, additional allegorical engraved title by Adolf Boÿ after Jeremias Falck, 30 engraved plates of astronomical instruments, 5 are double-page mounted on stubs, by Isaak Saal after Andreas Stech, dedicatory letter to Louis XIV with engraved allegorical head- and tailpiece and engraved initial with royal insignia, woodcut initials and tail-pieces, type-ornament head-pieces.
FIRST EDITION of the first volume of Machinae coelestis. It describes Hevelius’ techniques for constructing various types of open-sight instruments, including quadrants, sextants, octants and telescopes, all illustrated in magnificent folio copperplate engravings. Of particular interest to his contemporaries was the section on the long-focus telescope, invented by Huygens in the 1650 and used by him to discover Saturn’s rings and the great Orion nebula…The second volume was published in 1679. Most of the edition perished the same year in the fire that destroyed Hevelius’ observatory, and fewer than 100 copies of the second volume survive’ (Norman). Engraved title remargined at bottom margin, engraved title, title and B1-B2 mounted on stub, some light occasional soiling and browning, few small stains, small repair in bottom margin of Z4, plate X tipped in and cut to margins, plate AA with old crease, few tiny wormholes in final 3 leaves of index. Nice copy.


Provenance: David P. Wheatland (1898-1993; Harvard Collection release stamp)

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