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THE PARIS COSMOGRAPHIA OF APIANUS
WITH THE WORLD MAP & WITH VOLVELLES INTACT


APIANUS, Petrus. Cosmographia Petri Apiani, per gemmam Frisium…. Paris, Viviantius Gaultherot, 1553 (1551 col).

An attractive and genuine example – with all volvelles present – of this copiously illustrated Paris edition (1553) of one of the most important astronomical and geographic texts of the Renaissance, Petrus Apianus’ Cosmographia. The work’s large, cordiform world map contains the most influential 16th-century representation of the New World (with South America labelled ‘America’ and North America depicted as a long strip of land labeled ‘Baccalearum,’ or ‘Land of Cod’).
$12,500


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A DISCOURSE ON PLANETARY MOTION WITH 14 VOLVELLES COMPLETE WITH ALL THEIR 36 MOVABLE PARTS


BASSANTIN, James. . Astronomique discours, par Jaques Bassantin Escossois. . Lyon, Par Jan de Tournes, 1557.

Very rare complete first edition of the Scotsman James Bassantin’s (c. 1500-68) copiously illustrated, large-format compendium on calculating planetary positions.
$188,000


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Trigonometry For The Practicing Astronomer


CAGNOLI, Antonio. Trigonometria Piana e Sferica. Paris, Francesco Ambrogio Didot, 1786.

First edition of, according to Lalande, the best book of the period on trigonometry and its application to astronomy.
$975


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CALCAGNINI, Celio. Opera Aliquot. Basel, March 1544.

First edition of this collection of writings of the Ferrarese humanist, posthumous but all appearing for the first time, including his proto-Copernican dissertation advocating the movement of the earth.
$16,500


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CAMPANELLA’S DEFENCE OF GALILEO,
WRITTEN FOR THE TRIAL OF 1616


CAMPANELLA, Tomasso. Apologia pro Galileo, Mathematico Fiorentino. Ubi disquiritur, utrum ratio philosopahndi, quam Galileus celebrat, faveat sacris scripturis, an adversetur. . Frankfurt, Erasmus Kempffer for Godfried Tampach, 1622.

Scarce first edition of this important polemic: Campanella’s contribution to the defence of Galileo, written in 1616 during the latter’s first brush with the authorities but only published in 1622.
$15,000


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