London, South Kensington
15 October 2009
FINE, Oronce (1494-1555). De Mundi Sphaera: inaudita methodo ab authore reno uati Paris: Simon de Colines, 1542. 8° (164 x 100mm). 64 ff, with the final blank, title within woodcut border, numerous illustrations, including one full-page). First octavo edition. Houzeau 2379 (for the 4° edition). [Bound after:] KOEBEL, Jacob. Astrolabii Declaratio. Paris: Jean Louis de Tielt, 1545. 8°. 32 ff, woodcut illustrations and one folding plate. First octavo edition. Houzeau 3257. [And with:] PEURBACH, Georg. Theoricae Novae Planetarum. Paris: Chrestien Wechel, 1543. 8°. Woodcut illustrations and 2 folding plates. Houzeau 2252. 3 works in 1 volume. (Small worm track in the bottom margin of some leaves.) Modern calf in a French period style, sides and edges gilt. Provenance: Arnaud de Vitry (provenance leaf bound-in; sold, Sotheby's, 3 November 1998, lot 181).
A fine sammelband of geodetic and astronomical works, including the first octavo edition of Fine's important Cosmographia, Koebel on the astrolabe and Peurbach's consideration of the motion of planets and eclipses.
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