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Ptolemaeus, Almagestum, Venice, 1515, contemporary tooled calf

Estimate:

15,000 to - 20,000 GBP

Ptolemaeus, Almagestum, Venice, 1515, contemporary tooled calf

Ptolemaeus, Almagestum, Venice, 1515, contemporary tooled calf

Estimate:

15,000 to - 20,000 GBP

Lot sold:

30,240

GBP

Claudius Ptolemaeus


A volume containing two works in a contemporary Italian binding, comprising:


Almagestum... opus ingens ac nobile omnes celorum motus continens. Venice: Peter Liechtenstein, 10 January 1515, woodcut initials, marginal woodcut diagrams, woodcut printer's device printed in red and black above colophon, some early annotations at start of text, small tear in A6Quadriparti. Ptolo. que in hoc volumine contentur hec sunt: Liber quadripartiti Ptolemei. Centiloquium eiusdem. Centiloquium Hermetis... (Venice: Ottaviano Scoto, 6 February 1519), woodcut initials and diagrams, woodcut printer's device below colophon, S1_6 browned


2 works in one volume, folio (312 x 220mm.), contemporary Italian blind-tooled calf, title lettered across head of upper cover ALMAGESTUM CL PTOLEMEI, some deckle edges, rebacked retaining most of original spine, binding slightly soiled, lacking 4 pairs of ties


A TALL AND CRISP COPY of Ptolemy's complementary astronomical and astrological works. His astronomical survey, the Almagest, appears here in the first printing of Gerard of Cremona's Latin translation, made in Toledo in the twelfth century from an Arabic manuscript. It contains a star catalogue in books seven and eight which were still being used by Halley at the beginning of the eighteenth century, although Tycho Brahe had already corrected some of the coordinates. Ptolemy also describes various instruments for measuring the heavens. The second work is on the philosophy and practice of astrology, emphasising its logical aspects, and it contains details on the significance of comets and eclipses as well as numerous horoscopes.


Ptolemy called the first work Mathematical Composition, but the transmission of the text through the medieval Islamic world resulted in the Arabic title al-Majisti. Similarly, his Quatrobiblon is a Latin version of the Greek title Τετραβιβλος, "In four books", although it is thought that Ptolemy called this text Αποτελεσματικα, "Effects".


The text of the Quadripartitum is printed alongside other similar astrological works, attributed to Hermes, Al-Battani, Al-Mansur, Plato of Tivoli and Al-Misri. Ratdolt printed an edition of just the Quadripartitum and Centiloquium in 1484, and Peter Liechtenstein printed a volume entitled Liber novem iudicium in iudiciis astrorum, containing many of these supplementary works, in 1509.


LITERATURE

Edit16 35583 & 53618

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