London, South Kensington
22 April 2010
HABRECHT, Isaac (1589-1633). Planiglobium Coeleste. [Planiglobium Terrestre.] [Nuremberg: Paulus Fürst, 1666.] 2 parts in 1 vol., 2° (410 x 310mm). 14 engraved plates by Jacob von der Heyden. (Faint dampstaining near the lower corner, more pronounced in a few leaves, short tear in one plate.) Original, pasteboard wrappers (spine defective, stitching perished). Provenance: Rinaldo Rinaldi of Treviso (inscription dated 22 October 1667, recording the purchase in Frankfurt).
A RARE VARIANT IN THE ORIGINAL BINDING of the plates, these never folded, for one of the finest instrument books of its century. The Macclesfield and Honeyman copies, according to ABPC the only two copies sold at auction, both had the plates folded and bound with the text in small quarto formats. The present copy is in its original binding, suggesting that the plates could be purchased separately. We could locate only one other unfolded copy, at Yale University. The plates show various parts of Habrecht's celestial and terrestrial globes and were probably intended to be mounted and assembled. They include two fine polar projections of the world, and two polar celestial charts. Habrecht's popular treatise was first published in Strasbourg in 1628, and enlarged with additional plates for the Nuremberg editions. Cf. Houzeau & Lancaster 3039; Zinner, Astronomische Instrumente, p.350.
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