bound in: Kepler, Johann. Tabulae Rudolphinae, quibus astronomicae scientiae, temporum longinquitate collapsae restauratio continetur. Ulm: Jonas Saur, 16272 parts in one volume, folio (338 x 224mm.), second issue of first 2 quires, engraved frontispiece by Georg Celer, large folding engraved map, woodcut diagrams in text, eighteenth-century vellum, early manuscript annotations, calculations and diagrams in margins, without the 4 inserted leaves ("Sportula genethliacis"), map supplied from another copy and washed, several printed marginal notes slightly shaved, binding slightly wormed on both covers
first edition. These tables of planetary motion were completed by Kepler in 1601, at the request of Tycho Brahe shortly before his death. They gave far more accurate positions than those in previous tables. Caspar identified three issues of the first two quires of this first edition: the present copy contains the second issue of both quires. A four-leaf "Sportula genethliacis missa de Tabularum Rudolphi usu in computationibus astrologicis" was added to some copies at the end of the first part; it is not present in this copy.
This rare and striking map is shows a dramatic rendering of the two-headed eagle of the Holy Roman Empire. The map was prepared at the request of Eckebrecht's friend Johann Kepler. The map's arrangement of one bifurcated hemisphere on either side of a complete hemisphere facilitates the calculation of longitude using Kepler's tables.
"The design harks back to Braun's inspiring wall map of 1574 which is also headed by the Imperial double-headed eagle and has the continents in bifurcated form" (Shirley).
While the map is dated 1630, and in cartographical terms is of that period, it could not have been published until years later, as it bears a dedication to Emperor Leopold who ascended the throne in 1658. No earlier state is recorded.
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