28 November 2001
GALLUCCI, Giovanni Paolo (1538-1621?). Speculum Uranicum in quo vera loca tum octavae sphaerae tum septem planetarum mira facilitate ad quod libet datum tempus ex prutenicarum ratione colliguntur. Venice: Damianus Zenarus, 1593.
2° (392 x 271mm). Title with engraved border by Giacomo Franco incorporating Zenarus's dragon device, 17 large circular woodcut diagrams, 16 with attached volvelles with a total of 39 moving parts, woodcut headpieces, woodcut historiated and floral initials. With the folding table 'Canon Sexagenarius' at end, and the last 2 leaves only of the loosely-inserted 4-leaf 'De harum paginarum usu' in quarto. (Title frayed and slightly torn at inner and outer margin, dampstaining throughout, some short marginal tears, the folding table creased and torn with minor loss.) Contemporary limp vellum (affected by damp, red stains on upper cover, stitching loose). Provenance: 'BB rui' (contemporary note on title).
FIRST EDITION of this rare work named after Urania, the muse of astronomy, charting the movements of the eight spheres, the seven planets and the twelve heavenly houses by the methods of Regiomontanus. The 4-leaf user's manual, 'De harum paginarum usu,' is generally deficient (as here) or entirely lost as a natural consequence of the author's directions to the binder, 'Haec pars in libro non ligetur.' Despite the dampstaining in this copy, the volvelles are finely preserved by means of their original coloured threads. Houzeau and Lancaster 12742; La Lande 125; Riccardi I, 570; Weidler p. 410.
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