150
150
Blaeu, Willem
INSTITUTIO ASTRONOMICA DE USU GLOBORUM & SPHAERARUM CAELESTIUM AC TERRESTRIUM: DUABUS PARTIBUS ADORNATA, UNA, SECUNDUM HYPOTHESIN PTOLEMAEI, PER TERRAM QUIESCENTEM. ALTERA, JUXTA MENTEM N. COPERNICI, PER TERRAM MOBILEM. AMSTERDAM: WILLEM BLAEU, 1634
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6,0008,000
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150
Blaeu, Willem
INSTITUTIO ASTRONOMICA DE USU GLOBORUM & SPHAERARUM CAELESTIUM AC TERRESTRIUM: DUABUS PARTIBUS ADORNATA, UNA, SECUNDUM HYPOTHESIN PTOLEMAEI, PER TERRAM QUIESCENTEM. ALTERA, JUXTA MENTEM N. COPERNICI, PER TERRAM MOBILEM. AMSTERDAM: WILLEM BLAEU, 1634
Estimate
6,0008,000
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Blaeu, Willem
INSTITUTIO ASTRONOMICA DE USU GLOBORUM & SPHAERARUM CAELESTIUM AC TERRESTRIUM: DUABUS PARTIBUS ADORNATA, UNA, SECUNDUM HYPOTHESIN PTOLEMAEI, PER TERRAM QUIESCENTEM. ALTERA, JUXTA MENTEM N. COPERNICI, PER TERRAM MOBILEM. AMSTERDAM: WILLEM BLAEU, 1634
8vo (182 x 112mm.), woodcut printer's device on title-page, woodcut initials and diagrams, contemporary vellum, without final blank, lightly browned, title-leaf repaired at foot, D2 repaired at foredge, binding slightly soiled
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Catalogue Note

Rare first Latin edition (the Dutch original was first published in the same year); the last copy of this edition to appear at auction was the Honeyman copy in 1978 (sale in these rooms, 31 October 1978, lot 339). It was translated into English as "A tutor to astronomy and geography, or, An easie and speedy way to understand both the globes", and gave accounts of the opposing Ptolemaic and Copernican systems of the planets, as Blaeu thought the Ptolemaic system was still a useful introduction to the topic. Blaeu had worked on the island of Hven with Tycho Brahe and was a firm adherent to the Copernican system.

It should be remembered that Galileo was condemned for his Copernican stance just the previous year, but Blaeu, publishing his works in the Protestant Netherlands, was not subject to the prohibitions of the Roman Catholic authorities.

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