Gründliche und zu Erörterung vieler schweren Puncten in der gantzen Stern- und Natur-Kunst dienliche Beschreibung des jüngst zu End des Jahrs 1664 und im Anfang 1665 erschienen Cometen…. Abdias TREW.

Gründliche und zu Erörterung vieler schweren Puncten in der gantzen Stern- und Natur-Kunst dienliche Beschreibung des jüngst zu End des Jahrs 1664 und im Anfang 1665 erschienen Cometen…

Two folding engraved plates (one a little cropped at head). 4 p.l., 64 pp. Small 4to, attractive modern paste-paper boards. Nuremberg: M. & J.F. Endter, 1665.

First edition and scarce. Trew (1597-1669), professor of mathematics and physics at the University of Altdorf, also wrote on fortification, geometry, the calendar, and on many aspects of mathematics. His main interest was astronomy and he established an observatory where he spent many years making astronomical and meteorological observations. He was a conservative in astronomy and wrote against Copernicus in 1636.

This is a scientific account of the two comets of 1664 and 1665; their appearances “prompted treatises from many important astronomers and their widely varying conclusions and theories underscored contemporary confusion concerning the nature of comets.”–Yeoman, Comets, p. 70.

The two fine engraved and folding plates depict the path of the first comet in the sky and astronomical principles.

Fine copy.

❧ Poggendorff, II, 1133.

Price: $3,950.00

Item ID: 6344

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