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    Eighteenth Century Astronomical Manuscript

    [Astronomical Manuscript]. In sideralem scientiam phisicae discussiones. [An eighteenth-century astronomical manuscript, in Latin. N.p.: n.d., ca. 1775].

    Manuscript on paper. Folio (13 x 9 inches). 232 numbered leaves (59 leaves are blank, mostly toward the end). Written in Latin in black, red, and blue ink on both rectos and versos. With five diagrams in the text, four in black and red, and one colored with red and blue. With crude illumination to some of the section headings.

    Contemporary limp vellum, somewhat soiled and worn, and with repairs to the spine. Some worming to the preliminary and terminal leaves and pastedowns, not affecting text. The text "guides" on many pages appear to have been marked by scoring lines on each side (some now splitting or failing along the scored lines). Apart from intermittent light spotting, and a few larger soiled spots and stains, this is a very good, clean and crisp, example of a probably unique volume on Astronomy. Housed in a half vellum clamshell case.

    An eighteenth-century manuscript comprising astronomical treatises and problems. This beautifully handwritten manuscript of unknown origin was most probably copied from other sources and contains mention of Aristotle and Ptolemy, and of course the planets, stars and universe.

    This manuscript appears as Item 49 (pages 18-19) in the Catalogo di manoscritti ora posseduti da D. Baldassarre Boncompagni (Rome: 1892), with the note that it was originally Codice no. 693 in the Albani Library in Rome, formed by Pope Clement XI, 1700-1721.


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