14 June 2006
BRAHE, Tycho (1546-1601). Astronomiae instauratae progymnasmata. Edited by Johann Kepler. Frankfurt: Godfrey Tampachius, 1610.
4o (229 x 167 mm). Collation: )(4 (:)4 B-O4 P-Q8 R10 S-Ii4 Kk-Ll8 Mm-Mmmmm4. Title printed in red and black, title device, numerous woodcuts of astronomical instruments, text diagrams and astronomical tables. (Small repaired hole in Title and F2 affecting a few letters, some browning). Contemporary pigskin over wooden boards, brass clasps (catches missing).
FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE.(?) The Progymnasmata describes Brahe's observations on the supernova in Cassiopeia of 1572-74 and his revisions of the theories of solar and lunar movement and a catalogue of the positions of 777 fixed stars. An edition of the work was begun at Hven but never issued and was only published posthumously, edited by Johann Kepler, at Prague in 1602. The present edition largely consists of sheets printed for the Prague edition, the first quire and first text leaf reset, and the errata corrected up to p.786. Dreyer, Brahe, p.368-9; Houzeau & Lancaster 2700.
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