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Kepler, Johannes (1571-1630)
NOVA STEREOMETRIA DOLIORUM VINARIORUM. LINZ: JOHANN PLANCK, FOR THE AUTHOR, 1615
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Kepler, Johannes (1571-1630)
NOVA STEREOMETRIA DOLIORUM VINARIORUM. LINZ: JOHANN PLANCK, FOR THE AUTHOR, 1615
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 GBP
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Kepler, Johannes (1571-1630)
NOVA STEREOMETRIA DOLIORUM VINARIORUM. LINZ: JOHANN PLANCK, FOR THE AUTHOR, 1615
folio (306 x 198mm.), woodcut armorial on title-page, woodcut illustrations, errata leaf at end (printed on shorter paper), contemporary vellum, in red morocco-backed slipcase (made for Honeyman), woodcut on H3v slightly shaved at foot, foot of upper cover defective
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Provenance

Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630-1721), his gift in 1692 to; Jesuits of Paris, inscription at head of title-page, and their printed label "Ne extra hanc Bibliothecam efferatur. Ex obedientia"; Robert B. Honeyman (1897-1987), morocco book label, sale in these rooms, 12 May 1980, lot 1791, £2,000, Erwin Tomash

Literature

Tomash & Williams K25; Caspar 48; Dünnhaupt pp.2287-2288 no. 31.1; Hoock & Jeannin II/K3.1; USTC 2094957; VD17 23:297684M

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION AND THE FIRST BOOK PRINTED IN LINZ. WITH THE RARE ERRATA LEAF.

When Kepler moved to Linz in 1612, where he married for a second time, he produced no astronomical works but he did produce this influential treatise on gauging the volume of wine flasks, inspired by a delivery of wine to his house where the barrels were measured diagonally in length rather than by actual volume. He arranged for a printer to come to Linz but the slow sales of the book resulted in a German language version being published the following year (see lot 312), in an attempt to make it profitable. The Nova stereometria "is generally regarded as one of the significant works in the prehistory of the calculus" (DSB VII, p.300).

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