302
302
Johannes de Sacro Bosco (c.1195-1256)
SPHAERA MUNDI. GEORGIUS PURBACHIUS: THEORICAE NOVAE PLANETARUM. JOHANNES REGIOMONTANUS: DISPUTATIONES CONTRA CREMONENSIA DELIRAMENTA. VENICE: JOHANNES LUCILIUS SANTRITTER AND HIERONYMUS DE SANCTIS, 31 MARCH 1488
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 GBP
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302
Johannes de Sacro Bosco (c.1195-1256)
SPHAERA MUNDI. GEORGIUS PURBACHIUS: THEORICAE NOVAE PLANETARUM. JOHANNES REGIOMONTANUS: DISPUTATIONES CONTRA CREMONENSIA DELIRAMENTA. VENICE: JOHANNES LUCILIUS SANTRITTER AND HIERONYMUS DE SANCTIS, 31 MARCH 1488
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Johannes de Sacro Bosco (c.1195-1256)
SPHAERA MUNDI. GEORGIUS PURBACHIUS: THEORICAE NOVAE PLANETARUM. JOHANNES REGIOMONTANUS: DISPUTATIONES CONTRA CREMONENSIA DELIRAMENTA. VENICE: JOHANNES LUCILIUS SANTRITTER AND HIERONYMUS DE SANCTIS, 31 MARCH 1488
4to (208 x 151mm.), 69 leaves, A10 B8 BB12 C8 D10-1 E-F8 G6, 35 lines, roman type, first heading printed in red, woodcut initials, woodcut illustrations (some full-page, some printed in colour), woodcut printer's device beneath colophon, paraphs supplied in red, EXTENSIVE EARLY ANNOTATIONS in a neat Italian hand, modern navy leather by Leighton of Brewer Street, London, gilt edges, slight stain to recto of first leaf resulting in a few very small holes, binding slightly rubbed
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Provenance

William M. Ivins, Jr (1881-1961), inscription on flyleaf dated 23 July 1923, sale, Parke-Bernet, 15-16 January 1963, lot 362; Alberto Parreño (died 1972), armorial bookplate, sale, Swann Galleries, 9 March 1978, lot 766; Helmut N. Friedlander (1913-2008), book label; bought from Michael Phelps, Cowfold, Sussex, 1998, Catalogue 55, item 89

Literature

Tomash & Williams P62, R56, S3; ISTC ij00407000; Sander 6663

Catalogue Note

Johannes de Sacro Bosco, a thirteenth-century teacher at the University of Paris, composed this tract as an introduction to the rudiments of cosmography; it became the most popular work on the subject, first printed in 1478, and reprinted regularly (see lot 304). This edition is a close copy of the 1485 Ratdolt edition, which also included Peurbach's and Regiomontanus's tracts, but with some additional material in Sacro Bosco's tract. Santritter, an editor and astronomer, had previously worked for Ratdolt, who by this time had moved to Augsburg, so Santritter went into partnership with Hieronymus de Sanctis for the printing of this edition. This is generally considered the first fully illustrated edition.

The extensive annotations in this copy show close reading and engagement with the text.

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