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    Important Scientific Books: The Richard Green Library

    17 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 177

    HEVELIUS, Johannes. Prodromus astronomiae quibus additus est uterque Catalopgus Stellarum Fixarum Accessit Corollarii loco Tabula Motus Lunae Libratorii. - Firmamentum Sobiescianum, sive Uranographia totum Coelum Stellatum. Danzig: Johannes-Zacharias Stoll, 1690.

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    HEVELIUS, Johannes. Prodromus astronomiae quibus additus est uterque Catalopgus Stellarum Fixarum Accessit Corollarii loco Tabula Motus Lunae Libratorii. - Firmamentum Sobiescianum, sive Uranographia totum Coelum Stellatum. Danzig: Johannes-Zacharias Stoll, 1690.

    2 parts in one volume, 2o (375 x 226 mm). Prodromus with half-title, double page copper engraved frontispiece depicting the author, Ptolemy, Tycho Brahe, Ulugh Berg, the landgrave of Hesse and Riccioli seated around a table with Urania in the center, engraved portrait of Hevelius by Lambert Visscher after A. Stech, one engraved plate between pages 97/98. Firmamentum with double page copper engraved frontispiece by Charles de la Haye after A. Stech, 2 large copper engraved folding plates depicting the hemispheres and 54 double page copper engraved star plates. (Some occasional light browning, large folding plates slightly restored along folds, added is an early photographic facsimile depicting a plate from Cometographia.) Modern calf spine with raised bands by Root & Son, (some wear, lower front joint slightly split). Provenance: Charles Lesson Prince F.R.A.S. (signature and date 1882 on half-title).

    FIRST EDITION, published posthumously and with an introduction by Hevelius' widow Elisabeth. "[The Prodromus] is a catalogue of 1,564 stars arranged alphabetically under constellation names and by stellar magnitude within constellations. Latitude, longitude, right ascension, and declination are given (the latter pair of coordinates being often miscalculated even though two assistants were employed to verify calculations). John Flamsteed, another of Hevelius' many correspondents, was later to reprint the catalogue, with a different arrangement Hevelius named eleven new constellations formed of stars not included in earlier groupings; seven of these names are still used. Illustrating the constellations of Hevelius' catalogue was a volume of fifty-six plates, possibly engraved in part by Hevelius himself. Contemporary globes, such as those by G.C. Eimmart, and Gerhard and Leonhard Valck, often acknowledge Hevelius as their source" (DSB). A VERY TALL COPY. Houzeau-Lancaster 12781.


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