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Della sfera del mondo : divisa in libri quattro, aquali non per uia di traduttione ne à qual si uolglia particolare scrittore obligati ... du nuovo ricorretta & ampliata ; De le stelle di tutte / di M. Alisandro Piccolomini
Bib ID 3007571
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Author
Piccolomini, Alessandro, 1508-1578
 
Online Versions
Edition Ed. 3a. 
Description In Vinetia : Per Nicolò de Bascarini, 1552; with medieval manuscript fragments used as pastedowns 
58 ; 122, [4] leaves : maps ; 22 cm (4to) 
Summary

A summary of contemporary cosmographical knowledge illustrated with mid-sixteenth century star woodcuts include one of the Corona Australe or Southern Cross identified by Andrea Corsali in 1515. The two treatises usually issued together are among the earliest scientific expositions and popularisations in vernacular Italian. The Sfera del mondo is a survey of contemporary cosmographical knowledge and methodology while the De le stelle fisse is the first published star atlas, containing charts for all but one of Ptolemy's 48 constellations in addition to lists of principal stars plotted. Piccolomini here introduced an innovative and simple system of nomenclature, designating stars by their magnitude of brightness (four levels) through size and the use of lower case Latin letters.

Notes

At head of title: Editione tertia.

Imprint to part 1: In Vinetia. Al segno del pozzo. Con privilegio dello illustrissimo Senato Veneto per Anni XII.

Second part has t.p.: De le stelle fisse : libro uno dove di tutte le XLVIII immagin celesti minutissimamente si tratta ...

Printer and date from colophon to part 2: In Venetia per Nicolò de Bascarini. Nell'anno dinostra salute. MDLII.

Signatures: A-G⁸,H² ; A-P⁸,Q⁶

Printer's device on both t.p.'s.

Copy in contemporary limp vellum, lettered on front cover, gilt edges, endpapers renewed. Text block on rag paper.

Two fragments from a single medieval manuscript used as pastedowns on inside front and back covers; rubricated text obscured by modern endpapers pasted over fragments; appears to be a gothic rotunda book script with simple blue and red pen decorations.

NLA partially digitised item: Plates LXVI and LXVII showing Southern Cross also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-47678159

Cited In

Adams, 1108.

Subjects Astronomy -- Early works to 1800.  |  Stars -- Atlases -- Early works to 1800.  |  Constellations -- Early works to 1800.
Also Titled

De le stelle di tutte

De le stelle fisse

Exhibited Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 7 October 2011-15 December 2012 

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