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An Astronomical Perpetual Calendar

SCANAVACCA, Bartolomeo. Novissima Inventione per dissegnare con grandissima facilite prestezza Horologi Solari, Italiani, Babilonici, e Francesi. Padova, Stamperia del Seminario per Bernardo Luciani, 1688.

Rare first and sole edition of this description of a sundial of the author's invention, which functioned as an astronomical perpetual calendar: determining for any day of the year the sun's rising, noon, setting, and mid-night, place of the sun in the Zodiac, etc. The work explains how to take basic measurements and co-ordinate them with the known physical points of Northern Italian cities through the calendar.

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