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¶ Regiomontanus, Puerbach, and Stoeffler (1496–1514)

October 24, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Regiomontanus, Joannes. Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei. Venice: Johannes Hamman for Kaspar Grossch and Stephan Roemer, 31 August 1496.

Reference: ISTC (ir00111000).

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Puerbach, Georg von. Tabulae eclypsium. Vienna: J. Winterburger, 15 April 1514.

[3] Stoeffler, Johannes. Tabulae astronomicae. Tübingen: T. Anshelmus, 1514.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 982 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £6 10s.) — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (5.b.2 (SR)).

Sotheby 1898:


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¶ Prolianus — Astronomia (15th century) [MS]

October 16, 2017

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Prolianus, Christianus. Astronomia.

Illuminated manuscript. Germany, c. 1470–80. 77 leaves.

Morris signature on front endpaper; no Morris book label.

Lord Balcarres commented in a letter, 6 July 1894: “Morris deeply lamented to me that he had ever parted with the Prolianus, now in our hands, which he bought some years ago from Q[uaritch] for something like £20. As Morris said, the volume would have fetched 300£ or 400£ had it been in this [i.e. in the Fountaine] Sale” (quoted in James and Taylor, p. 23*).

Provenance: Quaritch. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch for approximately £20). — Ellis & White (sold to the Bibliotheca Lindesiana [private collection of Alexander William, 25th Earl of Crawford and 8th Earl of Balcarres, and James Ludovic, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres]). — Bibliotheca Lindesdiana. — John Rylands University Library  of Manchester(Latin MS 53).

Reference: James, M. R., and Frank Taylor. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Latin Manuscripts in the John Rylands University Library. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Munich: Kraus Reprint, 1980. [PDF version available from the University of Manchester.] See no. 53.

Digital version: The John Rylands offers one, but it requires a university password.

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¶ Angelus — Astrolabium planum (1502)

October 8, 2014


Angelus, Johannes. Astrolabium planum in tabulis ascendens, continens qualibet hora atque minuto equationes domoru celi, moram nati in utero matris cum quodam tractatu natiuitatum utili ac ornato, necnon horas inequales pro qualibet climate mundi. Venice: Lucam Antonium de Giunta Florentinum, 1502.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 60 (sold to Leighton for £4 6s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 45 (£4).

Sotheby 1898:


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¶ Mesmes — Institutions astronomiques (1557)

August 27, 2014


Mesmes, Jean Pierre de. Les institutions astronomiques, contenans les principaux fondemens et premieres causes des cours et mouvemens celestes. Paris: printed by Michel de Vascosan, 1557.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 791 (sold to Clements for £3 14s.). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 30 (10s.). — MS catalogue (2), no. 951 (with one X beside the title).

Sotheby 1898:


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