SCHOENER, JOHANN. OPERA MATHEMATICA. NUREMBERG: J. MONTANUS AND U. NEUBER, 1551
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- Opera Mathematica. Nuremberg: J. Montanus and U. Neuber, 1551
3 parts in one volume. Folio (12 x 7 3/4 in.; 310 x 190 mm). Title printed in red and black with woodcut ornaments, woodcut portrait of author on last page of preliminaries, numerous large and small woodcuts and diagrams, including a full-page cut of Schoener's terrestial globe, woodcut printer's device at end and with 10 leaves of uncut volvelles; final four signatures with minor repairs or reinforcements to outer margins, lower right corners of same and a few others with light dampstain. Contemporary gilt-ruled armorial calf; minor restoration to extremities.
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First collected edition of Schoener's mathematical works (including astrology, astronomy and geography). Schoener started out as a Catholic priest in Bamberg, where he set up a printing press in his house and where he also produced the first printed globe to name America. From 1526 Schoener, now a Lutheran, taught mathematics at the Melanchthon Gymnasium in Nuremberg. He continued to print many works on astronomy and astrology, including several first editions of Regiomontanus's treatises. His own works had all been placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum.