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314
Kepler, Johannes (1571-1630)
TABULAE RUDOLPHINÆ QUIBUS ASTRONOMICÆ SCIENTIÆ, TEMPORUM LONGINQUITATE COLLAPSÆ RESTAURATIO CONTINETUR; A PHOENICE ILLO ASTRONOMORUM TYCHONE, EX ILLUSTRI & GENEROSA BRAHEORUM IN REGNO DANIAE FAMILIA ORIUNDO EQUITE, PRIMUM ANIMO CONCEPTA ET DESTINATA ANNO CHRISTI MDLXIV: EXINDE OBSERVATIONIBUS SIDERUM ACCURATISSIMIS, POST ANNUM PRAECIPUE MDLXXII… ULM: JONAS SAUR, 1627
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314
Kepler, Johannes (1571-1630)
TABULAE RUDOLPHINÆ QUIBUS ASTRONOMICÆ SCIENTIÆ, TEMPORUM LONGINQUITATE COLLAPSÆ RESTAURATIO CONTINETUR; A PHOENICE ILLO ASTRONOMORUM TYCHONE, EX ILLUSTRI & GENEROSA BRAHEORUM IN REGNO DANIAE FAMILIA ORIUNDO EQUITE, PRIMUM ANIMO CONCEPTA ET DESTINATA ANNO CHRISTI MDLXIV: EXINDE OBSERVATIONIBUS SIDERUM ACCURATISSIMIS, POST ANNUM PRAECIPUE MDLXXII… ULM: JONAS SAUR, 1627
Estimate
15,00020,000
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Kepler, Johannes (1571-1630)
TABULAE RUDOLPHINÆ QUIBUS ASTRONOMICÆ SCIENTIÆ, TEMPORUM LONGINQUITATE COLLAPSÆ RESTAURATIO CONTINETUR; A PHOENICE ILLO ASTRONOMORUM TYCHONE, EX ILLUSTRI & GENEROSA BRAHEORUM IN REGNO DANIAE FAMILIA ORIUNDO EQUITE, PRIMUM ANIMO CONCEPTA ET DESTINATA ANNO CHRISTI MDLXIV: EXINDE OBSERVATIONIBUS SIDERUM ACCURATISSIMIS, POST ANNUM PRAECIPUE MDLXXII… ULM: JONAS SAUR, 1627
FIRST EDITION, folio (332 x 215mm.), additional engraved title, L3 a double-page letterpress table, manuscript table of logarithms bound in at end (“Tabula logarithmorum indicis”), contemporary half calf, title becoming loose, some slight worming, frontispiece remargined at foot, gathering 2 ):( remargined at foot, k3 remargined with sidenotes completed in facsimile, gathering q (“Sportula”) browned, binding rubbed
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Provenance

Jonathan Hill, New York, Catalogue 50, item 84, $11,500; bought from Jonathan Hill, New York, in association with B. & L. Rootenberg Rare Books, Sherman Oaks, CA, 1989

Literature

Tomash & Williams K27; Caspar 79; Dünnhaupt p.2298 no. 49.1; Henderson pp.34-35 no 10.0; Houzeau & Lancaster 12754; Norman 1208; Zinner 5063; cf. VD17 12:651552R (1627 edition without the Sportula, the map and the appendix)

Catalogue Note

“The foundation of all planetary calculations for over a century” (Sparrow, Milestones of Science).

In 1601, shortly before his death, Tycho Brahe asked Kepler to finish his Rudolphine tables of planetary motion. Kepler's completed work, based both on his discovery of the laws of planetary motion and on his introduction to logarithms, produced far more accurate positions than those in previous tables.

The bibliography of this work is complex, as the loose sheets were bound at different times with different additions: this copy includes the four-leaf “Sportula genethliacis missa” issued in 1629; the world map and Bartsch’s appendix “Tabulae novae logarithmico-logisticae” (both posthumous) are absent.

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