Tycho Brahe (b. 1546, d. 1601)

Epistolarum astronomicarum libri […]. Frankfurt: Godefridum Tampachium 1610. 3rd ed. (Colophon: Uraniburgi: Ex Officina Typhographica Authoris 1596). 4to. With engraved portrait of Tycho Brahe (mounted in after title page). (40),309, (1) (Errata) + Colophon. With 3 tables/diagrams, 5 wood cuts of Brahe's observatory, incl. 2 full page illustrations + woodcut map and large woodcut on last leaf. Several leaves with reinforcements and repairs and dampstaining. Bound in near cont. full leather with blind tooled boards, lacking clasps. Housed in later full leather slipcase with blind-tooled portrait of Brahe on frontboard. Enclosed reciept from “Rosenkilde & Bagger”.

“When Tycho Brahe left Denmark in 1597, the remains of the printed sheets went with him. After his death his heirs sold these to the bookseller and engraver Levin Hülsius of Nürnberg. He printed a new title page and published the book again in 1602. When Hülsius died, the remaining sheets were turned over to the bookseller, Gotfried Tampach. Once more, a new title page and the sheets which were out of print, were reprinted, and the book was one more issued in Frankfurt 1610. [...].”. Thesaurus #256; Lauritz Nielsen: Tycho Brahes Bogtrykkeri, p. 71; Bibl. Danica, II: 61.

Provenance: Flemming Erik Pedersen (1931–2020).


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