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    Brahe's Work on Cassiopeia and
    Geo-Heliocentric Theory

    Tyco Brahe. Opera Omnia, Sive Astronomiae Insuratae Progymnasmata In duas partes distributa, Quorum Prima De Resitutione Motuum Solis & Lunae, Stellarumq(uae); inerrantium tractat. Secunda Autem De Mundi Aetherei Recentioribus Phaenomensis agit. [Bound after:] Operum Tychonis Brahe de Mundi Aetherei Recentioribus Pars Secunda. Frankfurt: Johann Gottfried Schönwetter, 1648. Second collected edition. Quarto. Two volumes bound into one (volume two bound first). a-2d4,2e2 [-2e1]; A-3O4 [3O4 blank]217, [2 of 4,lacks 1st leaf of dedication]; 470,[10],[2,blank] pages. Some leaves misbound. Three printer's devices, many text illustrations (nine large). Modern half-morocco over marbled boards, bookplate of Turner Collection of the University of Keele and stamp of the Royal Astronomical Library on first volume. A large copy with fore-edge and bottom edge uncut (edges of varying width). Archival repairs especially to Ss1-4, minor worming Kkk1-Nnn1(some text affected) and browning as usual. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Despite its title, this work contains only Brahe's Protogymnasmata (1602) and De mundi aetherei (1588), the first two volumes of a never-completed trilogy. The first is a scholarly work on the 1572 supernova in Cassiopeia (published posthumously by Kepler), containing Tycho's observations of the supernova, revisions of the theory of solar and lunar motion, and a catalogue of the positions of 777 fixed stars. The second work records Tycho's observations of the great comet of 1577, and includes a description of his geo-heliocentric theory of the universe. Tycho's observations of the supernova and comet led him to abandon the Ptolemaic concept of heavenly spheres and to deny the Aristotelian hypothesis that nothing new could be born in the heavens." [Norman Cat.] This copy lacks one of the two leaves of dedication mentioned in Norman but with a four page index missing in his copy.

    VD17 39:118303M. Houzeau & Lancaster 2704. Norman 321. Dreyer 369n. Astronomy.

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