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Hevelius - Prodromus astronomiae

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QB 41 .H485 1690 R.B. (RARE BOOK)

Johannis Hevelii Prodromus astronomiae : exhibens fundamenta, quae tam ad novum planè & correctiorem stellarum fixarum catalogum construendum, quàm ad omnium planetarum tabulas corrigendas omnimodè spectant ... : quibus additus est uterque catalogus stellarum fixarum, tam major ad annum 1660, quàm minor ad annum completum 1700 ...

Hevelius, Johannes, 1611-1687.

Gedani : Typis Johannis-Zachariae Stollii, anno 1690. [18], 350, [4], 21, [1] p., [57] leaves of plates (some folded) : ill., port. ; 38 cm. (fol.) Other authors: Stech, Andreas, 1635-1697, ill. / Visscher, Lambertus, ill. / La Haye, Carolus de, ill. / Halley, Edmond, 1656-1742. Catalogus stellarum australium.

Other titles: Prodromus astronomiae / Prodromus astronomiae / J. Hevelii Prodromus astronomiae cum catalogo fixarum & firmamentum Sobiescianum / Firmamentum Sobiescianum

Notes: 1. Half title: J. Hevelii Prodromus astronomiae cum catalogo fixarum & firmamentum Sobiescianum; Prodromus astronomiae also has added engraved half title. 2. "Firmamentum Sobiescianum, sive, Uranographia" has separate t.p., added engraved t.p. and separate pagination. 3. Port. of the author signed: A. Stech and Lambertus Visscher; engraved t.p. for Firmamentum Sobiescianum signed Andr. Stech and Carolus de la Haye. 4. Head- and tail-pieces; initials; side-notes; catchwords. 5. Includes index. 6. "Edmundi Halleii Catalogus stellarum australium ... partim correctus & ad annum Christi MDCC completum reductus à Joh. Hevelio": p. 309-320. 7. Half leather and cloth binding, gold stamped spine with Naval Observatory insignia. 8. Rare book. 9. Place: Poland -- Gdansk. - Date cataloged: August 29, 1994.

Lettie S. Multhauf's description: This volume, published posthumously by Hevelius' widow, consists of three books. The Prodroma astronomica contains observations which had not been published before. Its frontispiece shows Urania, surrounded by six famous astronomers, Hevelius among them. The Catalogus stellarum fixarum, with a separate title-page dated 1687, lists 1564 stars, arranged in such a manner that the constellations follow each other in alphabetical order, and the stars in them are in general arranged according to the order of their magnitude. The Firmamentum Sobiescianum is an atlas of constellations. Its title-page, also dated 1687, shows Hevelius presenting to Urania, who is surrounded by then noted astronomers, eight new constellations. It contains 54 plates. John Sobieski was a Polish king who fought the Turks during the siege of Vienna in 1683.

1. Astronomy -- Early works to 1800 2. Constellations -- Pictorial works 3. Stars -- Atlases

OCLC 9475665

ID 21677