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RARE & LARGE CELESTIAL CHART WITH ACCOMPANYING MANUAL


[ASTRONOMY] PITSCHNER, Wilhelm. Himmelskarte [celestial chart]. Text zur Himmelskarte. Text explicatif accompagnant la Carte Céleste [manual]. Munich, Pitschner/Obpacher, 1875.

Very rare first edition of a privately published celestial wall chart by the German astronomer Wilhelm Pitschner, here complete with its book-length explanatory manual. Published in 1875, the chart was based on the most up-to-date stellar measurements as derived from Pitschner’s own observations, made over a period of twenty years, and from the recent celestial catalogues and atlases of Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander (1799-1875), Carl Behrmann (1843-1927), Eduard Schönfeld (1828-1891), Eduard Heis (1806-77), and others.
$5,000


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18TH-CENTURY GUIDE TO THE CHURCHES OF NAPLES


SARNELLI, Pompeo. La vera Guida Forestieri. Naples, Luigi Mutio, 1713.

Rare early edition of this popular late 17th- and 18th-century tourist guide to Naples, recognized as such by Schlosser et al.
$1,950


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A REMARKABLE COMPENDIUM
OF ENGLISH CELESTIAL CHARTS
BY HALLEY, FLAMSTEED, SENEX & SELLER
SOUTHERN & NORTHERN HEMISPHERES


SELLER, John / SENEX, John / HALLEY, Edmund / FLAMSTEED, John. Stelleri Zodiacus Stellatus [manuscript title on spine]. London, Senex et al., n.d. , (c.1675 – 172.

An intriguing collection of 8 very rare early English astronomical charts by the London cartographers and instrument makers John Seller (c. 1630-1697) and John Senex (c. 1678-1740), offering the most up-to-date celestial information then available, with several of the charts based on the recent groundbreaking observations of the English astronomers Edmond Halley (1656-1642) and John Flamsteed (1646-1719). The present volume – preserved in its contemporary binding – is perhaps to be associated with Seller’s elusive folio-format Atlas Coelestis, a work he is known to have advertised in catalogues, but which has never been definitively described or identified.
$45,000


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DRAFTING INSTRUMENTS
FOR SURVEYORS & ARCHITECTS


[BÜRGI, Joost]/ HULSIUS, Levinus. Tractatus Primus [-Secundus -Tertius] Instrumentorum Mechanicorum. Frankfurt, Wolfgang Richt, 1605.

Scarce first Latin edition (following the original German by a year) of one of the most widely diffused Northern European surveying and drafting books, of great interest for the history of scale drawing, architectural drafting, and precision instrumentation, by the Flemish-born polymath and instrument maker Levinus Hulsius (1546-1606).
$16,500


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THE FIRST ‘COMPUTER’ PORTRAIT
OF AMERICA’S FIRST PRESIDENT


[JACQUARD LOOM]. First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of his Countrymen. Lyon, JR, 1856.

Rare silk textile portrait of George Washington (1732-99) woven on the earliest programmable loom – the Jacquard Loom – which influenced the development of other programmable, punch-card-driven machines that in turn would lead to the early versions of IBM’s digital compiler. The present work thus may be plausibly considered to be the first ‘computer’ portrait of the first President of the United States.
$1,500


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