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KEPLER, Johannes (1571-1630). De stella nova in pede serpentarii ... Prague: Typis Pauli Sessii, impensis Authoris, 1606. 2 parts. - De stella tertii honoris in cygno, quae us que ad annum M.DC.fuit incognita. Prague: Paulus Sessius, 1606. -- De Jesu Christi servatoris nostri vero anno natalitio. Frankfurt: Wolfgang Richter, 1606.
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KEPLER, Johannes (1571-1630). De stella nova in pede serpentarii ... Prague: Typis Pauli Sessii, impensis Authoris, 1606. 2 parts. - De stella tertii honoris in cygno, quae us que ad annum M.DC.fuit incognita. Prague: Paulus Sessius, 1606. -- De Jesu Christi servatoris nostri vero anno natalitio. Frankfurt: Wolfgang Richter, 1606.

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KEPLER, Johannes (1571-1630). De stella nova in pede serpentarii ... Prague: Typis Pauli Sessii, impensis Authoris, 1606. 2 parts. - De stella tertii honoris in cygno, quae us que ad annum M.DC.fuit incognita. Prague: Paulus Sessius, 1606. -- De Jesu Christi servatoris nostri vero anno natalitio. Frankfurt: Wolfgang Richter, 1606.

4 parts in one volume, 4° (198 x 160 mm). 3 separate title-pages, woodcut printer's device on general title, one double-page engraved plate, woodcut diagrams (some browning and staining). Contemporary vellum (small cracks to bands on spine, covers lightly bowing). Provenance: Christoph Wenzel Graf von Nostitz (1643-1709, armorial bookplate); Herenyi Astrophysikai Observatorium Könyvtára (two old ink stamps on title); Richard Levin (bookplate); from the collection of Richard Green.

FIRST EDITION of Kepler's detailed description of the nova of October 1604, commissioned by the Emperor, observing the Nova's color, brightness, it's distance to the earth and other phenomena. His "extensive collection of observations and opinions appeared in a longer work... A subtitle announced it as: 'a book full of astronomical, physical, metaphysical, meteorological and astrological discussions, glorious and unusual.' That it was. Early chapters described the nova's appearance, astrological significance, and possible origin" (DSB). The Nova was subsequently named Kapler's Nova or Kepler's star. Two variants of the title-page are recorded, the above with the imprint: "Typis Pauli Sessii, impensis Authoris," or as in the next lot. No definitive priority has been established but correspondence by Kepler (quoted by Casper) suggests that the present title page is the second corrected version, which was Kepler's prefered issue, and is much scarcer. Caspar 27; Cinti 17; Houzeau & Lancaster 2843.

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