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Scultetus, Bartholomeus (1540-1614) Gnomice de Solariis, sive Doctrina Practica Tertiae Partis Astronomiae.

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3269B
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207
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$1,353$1,100

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Books & Manuscripts - 3269B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
July 23, 2019 11:00AM

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Scultetus, Bartholomeus (1540-1614) Gnomice de Solariis, sive Doctrina Practica Tertiae Partis Astronomiae. Gorlitz: Matthias Menius, Ambrosius Fritsch, 1672. First edition, folio, title page printed in black and red, large woodcut portrait of the author within an emblematic compartment depicting horological and astronomical instruments and tools, with Latin verses of praise below, illustrated with more than eighty text woodcut diagrams made by the author, some with his initials and dated May 1572 in the cut, large woodcut printer's device on colophon leaf; lacking text leaf T3, bound in modern half leather, even toning throughout, 11 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.

This work, on the construction of sundials, was written by Scultetus before he began his political career as a long-standing mayor of Gorlitz, his home town. Scultetus received a classical education, specialized in astronomy and mathematics, and was personally acquainted with Tycho Brache and Joannes Kepler.

)(4, (:)4, A-X4 (lacking text leaf T3, in the Appendix; X4 blank & present).
Estimate $1,000-1,500


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