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HUYGENS, Christian (1629-1695). Cosmotheros, sive de terris coelestibus. The Hague: Adrian Moetjens, 1699.
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HUYGENS, Christian (1629-1695). Cosmotheros, sive de terris coelestibus. The Hague: Adrian Moetjens, 1699.

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HUYGENS, Christian (1629-1695). Cosmotheros, sive de terris coelestibus. The Hague: Adrian Moetjens, 1699.

4° (210 x 165mm). Woodcut vignette on title, 6 folding engraved plates numbered 1-5 with plate 4 repeated. (Browned, some scattered stains and spotting, some leaves shorter at bottom margin, O2 with clean tear without loss, S1 repaired at inner margin and S2-S3 loose.) Contemporary boards (extremities rubbed and chipped). Provenance: early annotations on covers.

Second edition of one of Huygens's most popular titles. Following the first edition printed in 1698, it contains his argument in favour of extra-terrestrial life and was based on the Copernican theory of the universe. In 1659 Huygens had published his Systema Saturnium, the first full announcement of his discovery of the ring and satellite of Saturn. Waller 12060; Wellcome III, p.324.
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