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Quaestiones novae in libellum de sphaera Ioannis de Sacro Busto by Hartmanno Beyer - 1st Edition - 1549 - from E C Books (SKU: 031646)

Quaestiones novae in libellum de sphaera Ioannis de Sacro Busto

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Quaestiones novae in libellum de sphaera Ioannis de Sacro Busto

by Hartmanno Beyer

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Francoforti: Ex officina Petri Brubachii, 1549 An extremely rare work. Johannes Sacrobosco’s Tractatus de Sphaera, first written around 1230 and first printed around 1472, set the framework for European understanding of astronomy for 400 years. Based on the work of Ptolemy Alfraganus, and using more recent Arabic sources, he presented a vision of the heavens as a series of enveloping spheres. The tables in his work are an almanac relating the 'rising' and 'setting' of celestial spheres with respect to the calendar. As this work presented the stars in terms of constellations, it also became of value to astrologers. In this setting the Earth is also a sphere, at the centre of the universe, around which the spheres of the heavens rotate. It was copied many times in the 15th and 16th centuries - sometimes as a whole text, and sometimes in the form of 'Quaestiones'. This version by Hartmann Beyer is in the latter form. Beyer (1516-1577) was a mathematician, theologian and reformer - much influenced by Martin Luther. This copy is in a recent plain full leather binding with raised bands. The endpapers are new with no signs of previous ownership. Internally with decorative title page (small loss to bottom edge and top corner); Note on the edition with decorative initial capital 11pp; Index 3pp; Questiones with large decorative initial capital - pp1-125 with 'finis'; 3 further pages; errata; repeat of title page motif with some scholarly notes in ink on the reverse. There are 2 diagrams in the text and numerous tables. There are two sets of scholarly annotations - one in red and one in black ink (at one stage doing calculations). The pages are browned and, towards the end, have some nibbled edges but the text is clear and complete. A rare survival. Please enquire if you would like additional images to assess content and condition.


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Quaestiones novae in libellum de sphaera Ioannis de Sacro Busto
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Ex officina Petri Brubachii
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astronomy, astrology, Sacrobusco, sixteenth century astronomy, sixteenth century astrology
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E C Books is a small online bookselling business, specialising in pre 20th century works:natural history, science, history, and travel, aiming for rarer and more unusual books. Our largest stock area is Natural History, where we have a good range of books from the 1700-1800's, many finely illustrated. Other areas include children's books, particularly late 1800's-early 1900's - again illustrated; and literature pre 1900.When you order books from us we ensure that they are properly packed to protect condition, and we always use recorded or 'signed for' postal services for more secure delivery. Please note that we have recently moved to the beautiful Orkney Islands, where we intend to open a bookshop over the next year. Because of our location we cannot guarantee 'next day' delivery but we will get your purchase to you as quickly and safely as we can.Please note that the buyer is responsible for the payment of any tax or duty on import.


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