Lot 8
  • 8

ALFONSO X, TABULE ASTRONOMICE, VENICE, 1483, MODERN SPECKLED CALF

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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Description

  • Tabulae astronomicae.┬áJohannes Danck: Canones in tabulas Alphonsi. [Venice]: Erhard Ratdolt, 4 July 1483
4to (214 x 155mm.), 93 leaves (of 94, without initial blank), a-l8 m6, 40-43 lines, gothic type, woodcut initials with hand-colouring, smaller lombard initials, first heading printed in red, woodcut diagrams, red paraphs and initial-strokes, modern speckled calf, folding cloth box, some staining at page edges

Provenance

Cesare Malfatti, armorial bookplate (pasted into new binding); bought from Martayan Lan, 1989

Literature

Tomash & Williams A59; ISTC ia00534000; Crone Library 1; Norman 36; Redgrave, Ratdolt 34; Stillwell 14

Condition

Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate
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Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION. These astronomical tables, computing the positions of the sun, moon and planets in relation to the fixed stars, were originally composed by the Cordoban astronomer al-Zarqali (c. 1029-c. 1087) and revised two hundred years later on the order of Alfonso X, 'el Sabio', and became known as the Alfonsine Tables. The Latin version was made from a Spanish version, now lost. For the third edition, see lot 9.