Bayer | Uranometria, 1603
Bayer | Uranometria, 1603
Bayer | Uranometria, 1603
Bayer | Uranometria, 1603
Bayer | Uranometria, 1603
Bayer | Uranometria, 1603
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Bayer | Uranometria, 1603

Estimate: 18,000 - 24,000 GBP

Bayer | Uranometria, 1603

Estimate: 18,000 - 24,000 GBP

Lot Sold:27,500GBP

Lot Details

Description

BAYER, JOHANN

Uranometria, omnium asterismorum continensschemata, nova methodo delineata, aereis laminis expressa. (Augsburg: Christoph Mang, plates by Alexander Mair), 1603


FIRST EDITION, folio (344 x 235mm.), engraved title, woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces, 51 double-page engraved plates, woodcut device at end, later boards reusing a medieval manuscript bifolium from a lectern Bible (I Chronicles), occasional light staining, paper repair at foot of F1, a few other small paper repairs or tears


BAYER'S INNOVATIVE AND INFLUENTIAL STAR ATLAS. Bayer ranked each star in a constellation according to its brightness, thus improving identification by the naked eye. The plates were engraved by Alexander Mair (with his monogram on the title-page), inspired by the woodcuts by Jacob de Gheyn in Grotius's Syntagma Arateorum (1600); here, however, the images are more accurately drawn on gridlines with coordinates. The plates comprise the 48 northern constellations as described (verbally) by Ptolemy, a plate containing 12 new southern constellations, and two planispheres. Kepler used Bayer's coordinates for his observations which he published as De stella nova in pede Serpentarii in 1606.


LITERATURE:

Norman 142; VD17 39:125032X; Zinner 3951


PROVENANCE:

G.W. Dietz, Rector (probably Georg Wilhelm Dietz, died 1786, of Windsheim), late eighteenth-century inscription at foot of title-page; Library of the Astronomical Institute of the University of Münster, ink stamps on flyleaf (obscured) and plate 39

Condition Report

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

 

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