14 June 2006
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THEODOSIUS, of Bithynia (1st century BC). De sphaericis libri tres. Trans. by Joannes Vögelin (d. 1549). Vienna: Joannes Singrenius, 18 March 1529.
Small 4o (197 x 147 mm). Large woodcut on title showing the translator presenting his book to Archduke Ferdinand, King of Bohemia; woodcut diagrams in text. (First gathering sprung.) 18th-century decorated paper wrappers. Provenance: Joachim Camerarius the elder (contemporary signature on title); Georg Frider. de Kordenburgh (early signature on title).
FIRST SEPARATE EDITION. Theodosius's text was written during the 1st century BC; the author was a mathematician and astronomer living in Tripoli on the Fenicia coast. The book previously appeared in the compendium Sphaera published at Venice in 1518. In these three books he gave a logically structured explanation to properties of circles and arcs lying on the surface of a sphere, arranging a series of propositions which became the theoretical foundation of astronomy. The last copy to appear at auction according to American Book Prices Current was the Honeyman copy, Sotheby's London, 19 May 1981. BMC/STC German p. 855; Houzeau & Lancaster 846; Zinner 1399. RARE.
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The provenance should read: Joachim Camerarius the younger.
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