4 June 2008
VESPUCCIUS, Bartholomaeus (fl. 1506). Oratio de laudibus astrologia. -- SACROBOSCO, Johannes (c.1200-1256 or 1244). Textus Sphaerae, with commentaries by Franciscus Capuanus de Manfredonia, B. Vespuccius, J. Le Fèvre, and Petrus Alliaco. -- Robert GROSSETESTE (c.1170-1253). Sphaerae compendium. -- Johannes REGIOMONTANUS (1436-76). Disputationes. Georg PEURBACH (1423-61). Theoricarum novarum textus, with commentary by Franciscus Capuanus. Venice: Joannes and Bernardinus Rubeus for Giunta, 6 May 1508.
2° (292 x 200mm). With final blank leaf. Numerous woodcut illustrations, including diagrammatic world maps and scientific diagrams, woodcut decorative and historiated initials, large woodcut device at end. (Small wormholes, those in the title-page filled, some spotting and staining.) 18th-century Italian vellum over pasteboard, flat spine lettered and tooled in gilt, blue and red speckled edges (lightly rubbed, a little wear at spine ends). Provenance: early annotations (some trimmed).
FIRST EDITION of this compendium of astronomical texts, containing the FIRST EDITION of Grosseteste's De sphaera. BLSTC German, p.722; EDIT-16 CNCE 29650; Houzeau & Lancaster 750; Nordenskiold II, 263 ("Rare"); Sander 7572; Wellcome 6572.
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