4 June 2008
COPERNICUS, Nicholas (1473-1543). Astronomia instaurata, libris sex comprehensa, qui de revolutionibus orbium coelestium inscribuntur. Nunc demum post 75 ab obitu authoris annum integritati suae restituta, notisque illustrata, opera & studio D. Nicolai Mulerii. Amsterdam: Wilhelmus Jansonius, 1617.
4° (238 x 178mm). Woodcut printer's device on title, initials, numerous diagrams and tables in text. ****3 cancelled. (Small wormtrack to margins of M and Q3-4, short closed tear to outer margin of Q1, Z4 and Hh4 chipped not affecting text, narrow hole to margin of Ddd2, light sporadic spotting.) 17th-century calf gilt, lettering-piece with gilt lettering and later label with date in manuscript (rubbed, bumped, few slight worm traces, small chip to foot of spine). Provenance: Earls of Macclesfield (bookplate and blindstamps, sale Sotheby's 10 June 2004, lot 559).
THE IMPORTANT THIRD EDITION OF DE REVOLUTIONIBUS, the first with commentary by Nicholaus Müller of Groningen. It was published one year after the work was decreed suspended 'until corrected' by papal authority; the effects of this decree were largely confined to Italy, however. Cinti 128 (58); De Caro 72; Honeyman II 756.
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