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HYGINUS, CAIUS JULIUS. POETICON ASTRONOMICON. VENICE: ERHARD RATDOLT, 14 OCTOBER 1482

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Description

  • Poeticon Astronomicon. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 14 October 1482
4to (190 x 138 mm).  58 leaves including initial blank. 31 lines. Title printed in red, floriated initials, 47 half-page woodcuts of constellations and zodiac figures; first two leaves and d1 with marginal stains, but generally a crisp copy. Early vellum over boards with ties renewed.

Provenance

Sir George Shuckburgh (bookplate)

Literature

BMC V, 286; CIBN H-334; Essling 285; Goff H-560; HC 9062; Pol 2039; Sander 3472

Catalogue Note

First illustrated edition and THE FIRST DEPICTIONS OF THE CONSTELLATIONS IN A PRINTED BOOK, THE BEGINNING OF CELESTIAL CARTOGRAPHY.
 
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