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KEPLER, Johannes (1571-1630). Harmonices mundi libri V. Linz: Johannes Plank for Gottfried Tampach, 1619. 2° (296 x 190mm). First state of general title with printer's device and without text beginning 'Accessit nunc...', dedication to King James I of England (*2r-*4r) later suppressed by Kepler and absent from some copies. 5 engraved plates, numerous woodcut text diagrams and illustrations after Wilhelm Schickard, woodcut musical notation in Book III. (Lacks quire C, old repairs to title, heavy ink erasures to dedication leaves creating holes in *3-4, plates browned and slightly waterstained, some browning of text and persistent light waterstain at upper margin.) Contemporary vellum with yapp edges, spine titled and dated in manuscript, red edges (bowed, stains to rear cover, ties lacking). Provenance: Pedro de Faycon (with note dated 1707 stating that the erasures conform with the Papal Index of 1640).

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