HEVELIUS, Johannes (1611-1687)

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Cometographia, totem naturam cometarum ... exhibens... cumprimis vero, cometae anno 1652, 1661, 1661 & 1665.

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  • Author:

    HEVELIUS, Johannes (1611-1687)

  • Title:

    Cometographia, totem naturam cometarum ... exhibens... cumprimis vero, cometae anno 1652, 1661, 1661 & 1665.

  • Place: Gdansk
  • Publisher: Simon Reiniger for the author
  • Data: 1668
  • Format: Folio (367x224mm)
  • Comparison bibliographic: BL STC German XVIIc.

Price: € 28.000,00



Product's description

Contemporary vellum (rebacked, rubbed at  extremities with some associated tiny splits). (38), 913, (46), (1b). Half-title, engraved frontispiece, 38 engraved plates (4 double-page and folding) numbered A-OO, engraved illustrations throughout, woodcut and engraved initials, head- and tailpieces.
‘The second great work by hevelius ... [its] introductory engraving is doubly interesting; it depicts Hevelius sitting at a table with a cometary orbit shown as a conic section combined with a spiral, the sun at the focus of the former. By contrast, a figure of Aristotle holds an illustration of some linear and sublunary cometary paths. Below is a valuable illustration of Hevelius’ house and observation platform’ (DSB).
Without initial blank, half title mounted on a stub, some short tears without loss to half-title associated with a paper flaw, plate Z with closed marginal tear with old paper repair, plate OO irregularly cut at margin and folded. Nice copy.

Provenance: Heinrich Wilhelm von Starhemberg (1593-1675; noted bibliophile, ownership in margin of frontispiece).

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