London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
KEPLER, Johannes (1571-1630). Epitome Astronomiae Copernicae. Frankfurt; Schönwetter, 1635. Seven books in three parts in one volume, 8° (180 x 120mm). Folding letterpress table in third part (some lower outer edges substantially frayed, heavily browned throughout, the second and third parts also stained white, at its worst in quire Eee, first section of third part misbound within itself). Later cartone alla rustica, uncut. Provenance: old ownership inscription scribbled out on front free end-paper.
FIRST LATIN EDITION of Kepler's 'longest and most influential work' (DSB), consisting of seven books originally issued in three instalments. The first three books deal with spherical astronomy, book four is on theoretical astronomy, while books five to seven deal with practical geometrical problems arising from the elliptical orbits, the law of areas, and his lunar theory; and together with Book IV they served as the theoretical explanation to the Tabulae Rudolphinae (DSB). Carli and Favaro 150; Caspar p.111 (87); Cinti 97.
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