BRAHE, Tycho. Astronomiae instauratae progymnasmata. Edited by Johann Kepler. Frankfurt: Godfrey Tampachius, 1610.
4° (227 x 172mm). Collation: )(4 (:)4 B-O4 P-Q8 R10 S-Ii4 Kk-Ll8 Mm-Mmmmm4, engraved portrait inserted after title-page. Title printed in red and black, title device, full-page engraved author portrait, numerous woodcuts of astronomical instruments, text diagrams and astronomical tables. (Upper blank corner of title torn away, browning and spotting in several quires, some light dampstaining.) Contemporary vellum over pasteboard, author's name lettered on spine, old paper spine label, without two fore-edge ties (some minor staining, light wear at edges). Provenance: early inscription on front flyleaf.
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, with the portrait added, the first quire and first text leaf reset, and the errata corrected up to p.16. Dreyer, Brahe, p.368-9; Houzeau & Lancaster 2700.